Dr Jasmine Donahaye

Dr Jasmine Donahaye
Associate Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 606616

Jasmine Donahaye’s publications include narrative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. Her memoir, Losing Israel (2015), won the non-fiction category of Wales Book of the Year, and her story ‘Theft’ was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.

Before taking up her post at Swansea University, she worked for many years in the publishing sector and as Publishing Grants Officer at the Welsh Books Council, and this background in publishing closely informs her teaching of creative writing.

Her research interests include the natural world, identity, Jewish studies, Welsh culture and Israel-Palestine, and she would welcome enquiries about Creative Writing PhD supervision that pertain to any of these areas and beyond.

She was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017.


  1. & (2015). Introduction to My Mother's House by Lily Tobias. : Honno Welsh Women's Classics
  2. Losing Israel. Bridgend: Seren.
  3. The Greatest Need: The creative life and troubled times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine. Aberystwyth: Honno Press.
  4. Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  5. Public, like a frog. In Richard Marggraf Turley (Ed.), The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions. (pp. 199-219). Boydell and Brewer.

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  • EN-309 Further Creative Non Fiction

    Ambitious Creative Non-Fiction covers a wide range of genres and approaches, encompassing arts and literary reviews, travel and landscape writing, political and persuasive essays, nature writing, interview-based profiles and biography. Leading on from the introductory module Creative Non Fiction (EN204), this course offers students an opportunity to examine how these genres work and to test and improve their own skills through practical workshop techniques. It is assessed by two assignments, the first being a 2,000-word portfolio accompanied by a 1,000-word reflective essay, and the second in the form of a 4,000-word portfolio accompanied by a 1,500-word reflective essay.

  • EN-M80 Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    This module is designed to introduce you to key practical and conceptual tools necessary for scholarship at Master¿s level and beyond. The intention is to ensure that you gain the competencies and the confidence to complete and enjoy the degree. In a workshop format you will practise a range of core professional research skills such as search and retrieval techniques for both physical and digital sources and use of bibliographic databases. These practical workshops will be interspersed with sessions on critical issues, theoretical debates and their historical context in the field of literary studies and the digital humanities. You will produce a portfolio of assessed work including, for example, a critical review of a recent article or book, a conference paper abstract, a short piece of literary criticism, and a presentation. These activities will support your work in other modules of the course, particularly the dissertation, and will also equip you with a set of transferable skills that are highly valued by many employers.

  • EN-M81 Creative Writing and Publishing

    This module introduces MA students to the structures and roles of the publishing sector, and to models and approaches to publishing. Students will gain a familiarity with industry terminology and the mechanisms of the book trade, and will be introduced to the principles and practices of seeking publication. They will also gain a familiarity with potential employment roles in the book trade. The module will consist of weekly seminars covering different aspects of publishing. Students will be responsible for researching publishing outlets and submission processes, and preparing draft approaches to publishers, including online and print, literary journals, competitions, agents and book publishers.

  • ENMD00 Creative Writing Dissertation

    Individual Creative Writing project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student (within the parameters pertaining to genre detailed in the MA Creative Writing handbook)


  • 'Ticking' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • The Third Room (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Fflur Dafydd

Key Grants and Projects

  • Slaughter 2015 - 2017

    , Arts Council Wales