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Dr Jonathan Taylor

Job: Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8854



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Personal profile

Jonathan is the author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007).  His poetry collection, provisionally entitled Musicolepsy, will be published by Shoestring Press in early 2013, and his collection of short stories, Kontakte and Other Stories, will be published by Roman Books in late 2013.  He is editor of Overheard, an anthology of short stories for reading aloud, published by Salt in 2012, which includes stories by Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Kate Pullinger, Hanif Kureishi, Michelene Wandor, Blake Morrison, Louis De Bernieres, Adele Parks and many others.  With Maria Taylor, he is the co-editor of Fizzle & Sizzle: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose By Young Writers in Leicestershire (Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, 2008).  He is General Editor of Hearing Voices Magazine and Crystal Pamphlets.

Academically speaking, he is author of the monographs Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2007) and Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003).  With Dr. Andrew Dix, he is the co-editor of the collection of essays Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).  His critical essays have been published in journals and anthologies including Edgar Allan Poe in Context (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, ed.  Kevin Hayes), Clio, The Dickens Studies Annual, Figures of Heresy, and The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction (ed. Sophie Fuller and Nicky Losseff).

Jonathan has published short stories, poetry, articles and reviews in magazines, journals, newspapers, websites and anthologies, including Guardian Family, Guardian Education, Times Literary Supplement, Times 2, Times Higher, Granta, London Magazine, Poetry Scotland, Connotation Press, Staple, Acumen, Envoi, Stand, Iota, Poetry Cornwall, The Seventh Quarry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Cadences, Kimota, Raw Edge, The Parkinson, Family History Monthly, Spilt Milk Magazine, A Chide’s Alphabet, Coffee House, NASA-Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and many others.  In 2012, his poetry was shortlisted for the Fermoy International Poetry Competition. 

Jonathan’s radio dramas, serials, stories, readings and interviews have been recorded and broadcast on radio stations including BBC Radio 5, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, Oneword, Resonance FM, Takeover Radio, Carillon Radio, Virtually American, Heat Rays, Festive Radio, Radio Verulam, Radio Wildfire, Radio St. Austell, Heat FM, BBC Three Counties, BBC Sussex, BBC Cumbria, BBC Leicester, BBC Cornwall and many others. 

Jonathan has given readings, workshops, lectures and performances at events across the U.K. and beyond, including Swansea International Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Warwick Words Festival, Lowdham Book Festival, Cultural Exchanges Festival, States of Independence, Swanwick Writing School, Derbyshire Readers’ Day, Nottinghamshire Readers’ Day, Lincoln University, Warwick University, Kingston University, Southampton University, Lancaster University, Northampton University, European University of Cyprus, Newman College, schools and colleges in Leicestershire and Liverpool, and elsewhere.  He regularly gives readings and talks for LOROS and Parkinson’s Disease Societies across the country.  He organises and comperes live events for the public in Leicester and Loughborough, including open-mic events, panels and readings by well-known writers.  He has delivered academic conference papers and chaired conference panels in London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Reading, Keele, Loughborough, Leicester, Lancaster, Chicago and elsewhere.

Jonathan is co-founder and co-director of Crystal Clear Creators (, an arts organisation, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and small publisher, which develops, records, produces, publishes and promotes new writing.  Crystal Clear Creators is funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, Heritage Lottery Fund, Mediabox, Ernest Cook Trust, Riverside Midlands, Charnwood Arts, AOL, Children in Need and others.  It runs creative writing dayschools and media courses, produces and promotes radio dramas and audio work, hosts live readings and runs Restricted Service Licence Broadcasts.  It also houses a publishing imprint, Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, which publishes anthologies of new work, a series of pamphlets by up-and-coming writers, and a literary magazine, Hearing Voices. Crystal Clear Creators has over 100 members. 

Research group affiliations

Creative Writing

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs


Entertaining Strangers [novel], Salt, Cromer, October 2012, ISBN 978-1907773273.

Musicolepsy [poetry collection], to be published by Shoestring Press, forthcoming in early 2013.

Kontakte and Other Stories [short story collection], to be published by Roman Books, forthcoming late 2013.

Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself [memoir], Granta, London and New York, July 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1862079552.

Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, September 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1845191250, or 978-1845191252.

Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2003, 229 pages, ISBN 0-333-99312-8 and 978-0333993125. Also published as e-book in 2010, ISBN 978-0230554733.


Overheard: Stories for Reading Aloud [anthology], Salt, Cromer, November 2012. ISBN 978-1907773266.

Fizzle & Sizzle: An Anthology of New Writing by Young Writers in Leicestershire, co-edited with Maria Taylor, Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, Loughborough, 2008, ISBN 0-9551800-2-3, 978-0-9551800-2-6.

Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 [book of essays], co-edited with Dr. Andrew Dix, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2006, 228 pages, ISBN 1-84519-026-2.

Research interests/expertise

Fiction and creative non-fiction; music and writing; radio writing; literature of the ‘long’ nineteenth century; poetry.


  • Ph.D in English (Loughborough)
  • M.A. in English (Warwick)
  • B.A. in English and American Literature (Warwick)

Courses taught

B.A. Joint Honours in Creative Writing; M.A.I.S. in Creative Writing; Ph.D in Creative Writing.

Membership of external committees

Co-director of Crystal Clear Creators, 


Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of Society of Authors and N.A.W.E.



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