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-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-234 Introduction to Writing Fiction

    Building on the overview of fiction genres in EN117, this course, which is workshop-based, takes a practical approach to getting started as a writer of fiction. Through a combination of expert instruction and practical exercises, together with a thorough reading programme, EN-234 guides students on the path towards writing and improving their own fictional prose. The emphasis will be on the short-story form. students will create a portfolio of fiction work, on which they will be assessed.

  • 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-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)

Supervision

  • In progress- To be confirmed (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • The Disappearance of Robin Melling (current)

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

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • Possible Titles: Lowlife Philosophy/ Portrait of a Lowlife Ladette/ Ladetting it Up! / Lording it Up like a Lowlife Ladette/ Lowlife Ladette & Battered Cats/ Battered Cats in Pigeon Holes/ Battered Cats in Lucozade. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Jon Gower
  • I Shakespeare o Gymru: dramateiddio hunaniaeth ôl-drefedigaethol Cymru trwy addasu Shakespeare. (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Robinson
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • Title of Novel: Unvisited Tombs«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«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
  • Novel: Dance the Centre. Support essay: The Magpie Bridge: (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • ‘Wordsmith’ (awarded 2019)

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

    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