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


  • EN-207 Revolution of the Word: Modernism

    An introduction to Modernist literature, focussing upon its origins in response to the crisis of modernity, its engagement with colonialism and the First World War, its formal experimentation, its depiction of city-life and its engagement with new ideas of gender and the unconscious.

  • EN-3057 Creative Writing Personal Project

    The Creative Writing Personal Project is a two-term, 40-credit module which enables students to experience as fully as possible at undergraduate level the three characteristics ¿ independent practice, criticism, reflection ¿ integral to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and which underpin the careers of professional writers. The first term offers skills enhancement to students on proposal writing, reflective writing, reading as research, self-reflection and journaling,

  • EN-M34 Long Fiction 1

    The course begins with a consideration of the shaping of narrative, with an initial emphasis on plot and action, referring to the art of drama as a way into the basics and subtleties of plot. Matters of style and character are introduced simultaneously, as well as the relationship between memory and invention. The module then moves to voice, perspective, stream of consciousness, `free indirect¿ techniques and focalization. Dialogue, monologue and subtext follow and the course ends with an exploration of the particular qualities of long fiction and the practicalities of publication. The workshops will last for up to three hours, with, in addition, sessions of individual mentoring on a one-to-one basis. The module is evaluated by an 7,000-word portfolio consisting of consecutive prose narrative, including a 1,000-word critical essay.

  • EN-M78 Long Fiction 2

    This module offers clear progression from the MA long fiction module offered in TB1 (EN-M34), the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for this module. In Long Fiction 2, students move from close study of various technical aspects of writing fiction to the issue of orchestration, which is crucial to the successful development of the first draft of a novel. Structure is observed and developed through reading published novels in varying styles, and form and voice are considered in terms of the direct contribution they make to the successful composition of a novel as a whole. The module will close with specific and practical (i.e. industry-facing) advice on how to seek publication on completion of a good novel draft, with a view especially to honing the novel synopsis, an exercise that will prove beneficial for prospective career novelists and PhD students alike.

  • 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)


  • 'The Sandstone City' (working title) (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • Title of Novel: The Rememberers«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» Title of Research: Rewriting women into History: A Study of Feminist Mesanarratives (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Cymru a Shakespeare: dramateiddio hunaniaeth ôl-drefedigaethol Cymru trwy addasu Shakespeare (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Tudur Hallam
  • Novel: Dance the Centre. Support essay: The Magpie Bridge: (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • A novel of the women's revolution. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Robinson
  • The Disappearance of Robin Melling (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • The Twelfth Man (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • ‘Wordsmith’ (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • In progress- To be confirmed (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Divining the genius loci of Mor Hafren: a literary map of the Severn Sea (awarded 2018)

    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