Associate Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
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Francesca Rhydderch’s début novel, The Rice Paper Diaries, was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2014. She was also shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in the same year for her story ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’. She edited Seren Books’ New Welsh Short Stories with Penny Thomas in 2015, and her English translation of the modern Welsh-language classic Tywyll Heno (Dark Tonight) by Kate Roberts will be published by Parthian in 2018. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing: Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

Teaching

  • EN-M34 Long Fiction 1

    This module consists of a series of weekly three-hour lectures, leading the student through the theory and practice of writing fiction: regular assignments will be brought to the workshop to be considered communally. Technical exercises will also be undertaken during each class, leading to discussion and building the practical comprehension of the techniques of fiction writing. Built into the module is a systematic programme of reading, both of modern and earlier works of fiction, to render students conversant with the traditions in which they are participating, and to encourage close reading skills. Concentrating on long fiction, the course will teach the fundamentals of narrative and plotting; the use of imagery and setting in fiction; the art of the character-sketch and the elaboration of character through setting, dialogue and narrative. The course will be taught by a fluid mingling of tutor-led discussion and workshop-based exercises; writing techniques will be clarified by the reading and discussion of named works, shedding light on creative practice by exercises in mimesis and parody. The module will be evaluated by a 7000-word portfolio to be submitted at the end of the semester, comprised of the first three chapters of a novel, together with a 1000-word reflective essay.

  • 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)

Supervision

  • Locating the genius loci of Mor Hafren: a creative deep mapping of the Severn Sea (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Jon Gower
  • ‘Wordsmith’ (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • The Twelfth Man (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • In progress- To be confirmed (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Ynys Alawon & Segontium: Cymru ol-drefedigaethol ac adfeddiannu diwylliannol aml-ffynhonnell. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tudur Hallam
  • Title of Novel: Unvisited Tombs Title of Research: Rewriting women into History: A Study of Mesanarratives. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Novel: Dance the Centre. Support essay: The Magpie Bridge: (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director, MA Creative Writing

    2016 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2015 Present Associate Professor, Creative Writing Swansea University