Dr Joanne Limburg

Job: Lecturer in Creative Writing

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

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

T: Ext 7439

E: joanne.limburg@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I joined DMU's Creative Writing team in 2017 after completing my PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston University. My publications include three poetry collections, a novel, two memoirs and a book of poetry for children.

I lead the First Year module Writing Identity and the Second Year optional placement module, as well as being Employability Champion for my subject area.

Publications and outputs 

Memoirs: Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations. Life-writing, book, Atlantic Books, July 2017.

The Woman Who Thought Too Much. Life-writing, book, Atlantic Books, April 2010

Poetry Collections: The Autistic Alice. Bloodaxe Books, March 2017.

Bookside Down. Children's poetry collection, Salt Publishing, August 2013

Paraphernalia. Bloodaxe Books, February 2007

Femenismo. Bloodaxe Books, August 2000

Paper in Peer Reviewed Journal: ‘”But that’s just what you can’t do”: Personal Reflections on the Construction and Management of Identity Following a Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome,’ Life Writing 13.1 (2016), Special Issue: Body Language: Illness, Disability and Life Writing. This edition was published as a Special Issue Book by Routledge in September 2016.

Fiction: A Want of Kindness: A Novel of Queen Anne. Novel, Atlantic Books, July 2015. US edition published by Pegasus Books in December 2016.

Recent Poems: ‘The Alice Case’ and ‘Alice in Check’, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, forthcoming from Nine Arches Press, May 2017.

‘Alice’s Un-Birthday, ‘Alice in Reception Class’, ‘Alice’s Antism’ and ‘Alice’s Walk,’ Jewish Quarterly, 62.1 (Spring 2015).

‘Hospital Psalm’, Canto, 1 (January 2014)

Essays: ‘What was Virginia Woolf afraid of?’, Boundless

‘Excuse me, but your otherness is showing’, in Others, ed. Charles Fernyhough, forthcoming from Unbound Books.

‘The Life to Come: Journey into a Jewish Afterlife’, Boundless, 

‘The Shape of the Problem’, The Poetry Review, 107.1 (Spring 2017)

Research interests/expertise

Creative writing; life-writing; disability and disability theory; autism; trauma theory.

Areas of teaching

Creative writing


2018 Associate, HEA October

2013 to March 2017, Kingston University, PhD in Creative Writing (Pass without corrections)

Research question: Identifying and exploring the particular ethical, narrative and aesthetic pressures on the production of life writing by siblings bereaved by suicide. The creative portion of the thesis is a memoir, entitled Small Pieces. My supervisor was Dr Meg Jensen.

1997 Nottingham Trent University, Part I of Diploma in Careers Guidance

1993-1994 University of Kent, MA in Psychoanalytic Studies

1988-91 King’s College, Cambridge BA (Hons) 2.1. in Philosophy

Courses taught

CREW 1001 Writing Identity; CREW 2004 Creative Writing in the Workplace; CREW 3000 Portfolio; MA in Creative Writing

Honours and awards

2018: Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

2016: A Want of Kindness long-listed for the Historical Writers’ Association Goldsboro Debut Crown.

2014: Bookside Down short-listed and runner-up for the CLPE Poetry Award

2011: The Woman Who Thought Too Much short-listed for the Mind Book of the Year Award.

2007: Paraphernalia selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

2000: Femenismo short-listed for the Forward Best First Collection Prize.

1998: Eric Gregory Award, which the Society of Authors grants to poets under 30.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Society of Authors, 2010-present Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), 2017-present


Book-length work entitled 'Letters to my Weird Sisters', consisting of four long essays on women, history, and literature, considered from my own standpoint as a non-conforming, neurodivergent woman.

Current research students

2nd supervisor one

Case studies

Examples of reviews:

The Woman Who Thought Too Much

Hilary Mantel's Review in The Guardian 

Small pieces

Christina Patterson interviews Joanne in The Guardian 

Terri Apter's review in the TLS, available to subscribers 

The Autistic Alice

The Autistic Alice Review in the TLS, available to subscribers

The Autistic Alice cited in the following:







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