Department of English and Creative Writing

We are an inclusive department in which cultural critics, literary and language experts and highly regarded writers work closely together to produce a lively and diverse range of programmes and research.


We provide the perfect setting for you to explore these overlapping academic fields of study in all their richness and diversity and for you to grow as a reader, critic and writer.

Our programmes are characterised by creative and critical engagement with processes of writing, language and textual production in relation to a variety of contexts, including social, cultural, political and environmental. The Department has a strong international dimension and sponsors exchanges with Japan, America and European countries. ​

We combine cutting-edge research with passionate teaching, fantastic careers support, and a varied calendar of extra-curricular and social events. To ensure that you are exposed to fresh ideas and new authors throughout your degree, you are taught by different lecturers with diverse approaches. We keep our class sizes small so that you receive as much individual attention as possible and are able to engage in debate and seminars.

The Culture-Media-Text Research Centre co-ordinates interdisciplinary work on literature, film, media and other forms of culture. The centre hosts visiting lectures and performances, including an annual symposium exploring a topic of current critical interest from interdisciplinary perspectives. Researchers in the centre were  instrumental in the establishment of Winchester University Press. We also play a leading role in the interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research.

Public Engagement

We are an outward-looking department and our academics regularly participate in public engagement events, such as the Winchester Heritage Open Days (discover our contributions to the festival in 2020 and 2021). We also work closely with organisations such as the English Project and the Hampshire Cultural Trust. We have lent our expertise to businesses such as games developers Ubisoft, for podcasts (find out more) and for the immersive visitor attraction 878AD, which brings Anglo-Saxon Winchester to life. In 2023, we took part in the first ever Winchester contribution to the national annual Being Human Festival of the Humanities, with the event Spinning a Yarn: fabric making, identity, language and storytelling through time.

University of Winchester linguist Dr Eric Lacey smiling while talking to members of the public at an event

We also work closely with colleagues across the University. In Forensic Science we contribute our expertise in Forensic Linguistics, and we have worked with Performing Arts on Climate 4 Change, four short plays focussing on human stories at the centre of the climate emergency.

Latest news and events

From 26 to 28 April 2024, authors and academics Dr Mark Rutter and Judy Waite (photo) can be found at the Bournemouth Writing Festival. They hope you will join them for The Stanza Room: a Querty Type of Magic, a celebration of the trusty typewriter. Find out more on our website and the festival website.

March 2024 saw the launch of Breaking Barriers, a book that shares 100 personal accounts of mental ill health, recovery and connection, edited by Dr Glenn Fosbraey and Creative Writing graduate Katie Pether, who now works for the Department for Education as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Image top of page: the first page of the epic poem Beowulf, written in an Anglo-Saxon dialect. Image from Wikimedia Commons.


Meet the English and Creative Writing team

Head of Department

English and Film

Find out about our research

Research strengths and centres

Research strengths

  • Old and Middle English
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • semiotics/identity
  • Minority and threatened languages
  • English Literature
  • Literature and film
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Writing for children and young adults
  • Song lyrics/popular music
  • Historical fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creativity
  • Travel writing

The Culture-Media-Text Research Centre coordinates work on literature, film, media and other forms of culture within and especially across disciplinary boundaries.

Find out more about the Culture-Media-Text Research Centre

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Visit the Research Degrees section to find out everything you need to know about postgraduate research degrees at Winchester.

Explore our courses

Find out more about our courses in English and Creative Writing

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