Dr Eva Aldea

Job: Lecturer in Creative Writing

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: eva.aldea@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Eva Aldea is a writer, lecturer and editor.

Born in Krakow and raised in Stockholm, Eva Aldea lives in Greenwich, London. She lectures in creative writing at De Montfort University, and teaches literature and theory on the University of London’s online degrees. She holds a PhD in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing and has published work on contemporary literature, philosophy and politics. Her first novel, Singapore, was published by Holland House Books in 2023.

Eva started her journey into creative writing during a two-year stay in Singapore, penning the short story ‘Baba Ganoush’, which appeared in The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three, and later became a chapter in her debut novel.

Eva has experience building story universes, editing and writing for video and table-top games, having been Editor in Chief at an independent games developer.

Eva is currently working on her second book, Stockholm, posting weekly dispatches on the Leaving Stockholm substack. Other writing projects include the website Dx: Diagnosis and Writing. When she is not tinkering with words, Eva is walking hounds.

Eva Aldea is represented by Philippa Sitters at David Godwin Associates.

Research group affiliations

Institute of English

Publications and outputs


Singapore, Holland House Books, 2023. Novel.

‘Baba Ganoush’, in Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three, ed. Cyril Wong, Epigram 2017. Short story. 

‘Baba Ganoush’, in Junoesq (online journal), Issue 5, August 2015. Short story.


Magical Realism and Deleuze: The Indiscernibility of Difference in Postcolonial Literature, Continuum 2010. Monograph.

Realism’s Others, edited with Geoff Baker. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. Co-edited collection.

Book Chapters / Articles / Reviews                 

‘Performing War: The Meaning of the Missing Sign of War in Media and Theatre’, in Theatres of War: A Contemporary Perspective, ed. Lauri Ramey, Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury, 2021. 

‘The Lost European Nomad’, in Brexit and Literature: Critical and Cultural Responses, ed. Robert Eagleston, Routledge, 2018.

‘Deleuze’s Migrants & Nomads and the European Union’, openDemocracy, ‘Europe, The Very Idea’ series. 10 September 2014. 

‘Five minutes with Eva Aldea’, interview EUROPP London School of Economics European Politics and Policy Blog. July 2014.

‘What is Progress’, interview Institute of Arts & Ideas, 2013.

‘Deleuze’ and ‘Nomadism’ in Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary Theory Vol. 2, edited by Professor Robert Eaglestone, Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

Review of Beckett’s Proust / Deleuze’s Proust, edited by Mary Bryden and Margaret Topping (Palgrave, 2009) in The Beckett Circle 33.1, 2010.

‘The Territory of the Real and The Flight of Magic: Magical Realism and Politics in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in GLITS-e, Goldsmiths' electronic, peer-reviewed literature journal, June 2010.

‘Pipes and Drums: Responses to Black Watch’, edited piece in Contemporary Theatre Review, Issue 18.2, May 2008.

 ‘Your Local is Our Global: Reflections on the British Council international video conference on Contemporary British Fiction’ in EnterText 7.3, 2007.

Games (as editor)

Katana-Ra: The Core Rule Book, W.R.K.S Games Ltd. August 2023. Editor.

The Curse of the Oorlog: Premium Adventure Model, W.R.K.S Games Ltd. February 2023. Editor

Jordenheim: The Core Rulebook, W.R.K.S Games Ltd. 2021. Editor. 

A Wyrd Portrait of Fate: Free Adventure Module, W.R.K.S Games Ltd. 2021. Editor.

Research interests/expertise

Life writing, memoir, autofiction. The intersection of fiction and non-fiction. 

Critical theory and philosophy, modern and contemporary literature.

Areas of teaching

 Creative Writing


MFA Creative Writing, Birkbeck University of London

PhD 'Magical Realism and Deleuze,'' Royal Holloway University of London 

MA Contemporary Approaches to English Studies, Goldsmiths University of London

BA Hons. English Literature, University of Durham


Stockholm (book)

Flying between her London home and Stockholm where her father lays dying, a woman searches memories, tall tales and the history of her ancestors, trying understand what brought her Eastern European parents to Stockholm and what made her determined to leave.

My current work in progress Stockholm is a personal reaction to Brexit, and feels ever more relevant as I work on it. As a European living in the UK, I want to explore the history of migration, idea of nationality and the experience of (non)belonging available in the stories of my family.  

Stockholm is an auto-fictional journey that asks the reader to consider how the decision to find a new country to call home is never simply personal, but rooted in the past of a continent, in wars and displacement, and in the individual will to survive that is never without consequences for those we love.  

Dx: Diagnosis and Writing (website)

Dxandwriting.com aims to bring together creative and reflective pieces by a wide range of writing practitioners on the relationship between diagnoses of neurodivergence, mental illness and chronic illness and writing. Co-edited with Dr Gareth Farmer, University of Bedfordshire.