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Ms Julia Bell

  • Overview



    Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London where she convenes the MA in Creative Writing and is Project Director of the Arts Council funded annual short fiction anthology The Mechanics’ Institute Review. She is the author of three novelsMassiveDirty Work and most recently The Dark Light all published by Macmillan, the co editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan) re-issued and updated in 2018.

    She has just completed Hymnal a memoir in verse, and she is currently working on a series of essays about Berlin, extracts of which have appeared in various journals including Wasafiri and The White Review.

    She is also the co-curator of the spoken word night In Yer Ear which publishes its first anthology of poetry and prose in 2018 with the Wicked Hag text/tracks label in Berlin.

  • Research


    Research overview

    Julia's work reflects an interest in feminist readings of culture, the problems and paradoxes of British regional identity and the need to invigorate and champion independent publishing in an age of globalised media.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Julia welcomes applications for PhD study from students who are committed to producing a body of prose-based creative work in conjunction with academic supervisors from English & Humanities. If you are interested in making an application please contact her in the first instance with your proposal.

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni



    Teaching modules

    • The Publishing Project (AREN182H6)
    • Creative Writing Summer Term Lecture Series (AREN227Z7)
    • Writing The Self (AREN238S7)
    • Writing and Reading Seminar (ENHU036S7)
    • Writing Workshop (ENHU039S7)
    • Contemporary Writing 2: Genre (ENHU041S7)
  • Publications




    • Bell, Julia (2020) Radical attention. Peninsula Press. ISBN 9781999922375.
    • Bell, Julia (2015) Massive. Basingstoke, UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781447290353.
    • Bell, Julia (2015) The dark light. Basingstoke, UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781447283034.
    • Bell, Julia (2015) Dirty work. Basingstoke, UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781447290360.

    Book Section

    • Bell, Julia (2019) Fear in your water. In: Page, R. (ed.) Resist: Stories of Uprising. Comma Press. ISBN 9781912697076.