School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Life-writing

Life-writing

We investigate the possibilities and limits of life-writing, and challenge the conventions of autobiography.

The life-writing research cluster brings together expertise in both the critical and creative writing. Creative writers in the School have won major awards for their explorations of questions of identity, family and belonging in autobiography, memoir and verse. This complements critical work from colleagues whose research ranges from the theory of autobiography to the history and praxis of memory.

The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) has run many public events and readings with established life-writers since its inception in 2009.