Associate Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
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Room: Office - 215
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Keir Hardie Building
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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-120 English Essentials

    This is a skills-based module which will equip students with the technical and critical expertise that is necessary for their academic journey in English Literature and Creative Writing. It is designed to support the transition from post-16 study to undergraduate study and to show students *how* to become successful scholars of English. How should we read texts? How do we write essays? Focusing on an exciting anthology of texts selected by the English academics at Swansea, this team-taught module uncovers the power of written language. We will explore how writers inspire and challenge their readers, how to think critically, how to close-read, how to construct powerful arguments and how to produce written work that is rigorous, academic and convincing. This module empowers students to think, write, and persuade.

  • EN-3026 Creative Writing Personal Project

    Students taking this module must submit a portfolio of creative writing of between 7-8,000 words in any genre, subject to Departmental approval. The Personal Project is an independent study module for which each student will receive 5 hours of individual or group supervision. Supervisions will take place at regular intervals with set targets, and will primarily involve feedback on the style and structure of the submission.

  • EN-M38 Art of The Short Story

    This module consists of a series of workshops leading the student through the theory and practice of writing prose fiction: short assignments will be set every week, and these will be brought to the workshop to be considered communally. The course will be taught by a fluid mingling of tutor led discussion and workshop-based exercises; narrative techniques will be clarified by the reading and discussion of named works and fiction, shedding light on creative practice by exercises in mimesis and parody. The workshops will last for two and a half hours, with, in addition, sessions of individual mentoring on a one-to-one basis with a tutor. It will be evaluated by a portfolio consisting of two or more short stories or part of a novella or novel, of not more than 6000 words, written in the context of the critical discussions of prose genre developed during the course.

  • 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

  • Shaman: Book One (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • ‘Wordsmith’ (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Robinson
  • The Twelfth Man (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • Divining the genius loci of Mor Hafren: a literary map of the Severn Sea (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Jon Gower
  • In progress- To be confirmed (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
  • Title of Novel: Unvisited Tombs«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» Title of Research: Rewriting women into History: A Study of Feminist Mesanarratives (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Shakespeare Ôl-Drefedigaethol Cymraeg: addasiadau theatraidd o The Tempest a Hamlet (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tudur Hallam
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Jon Gower

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