Non fiction

Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is an author, curator, artist and lecturer. She is currently writing her fourth non-fiction book, Estuary: A Deep Exploration of Place (Hamish Hamilton, 2016) alongside curating Shorelines: Festival of Literature of the Sea, and lecturing and running a HLF funded oral history project for Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields.

Her publications include, Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton, 2012), On Brick Lane (Hamish Hamilton, 2008), Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End (2003, Women’s Library), A Little Dust Whispered (2002, British Library) and Rodinsky’s Room (1999, co-authored with Iain Sinclair and now translated into five languages)

Rachel also writes regularly for national papers and periodicals. Other recent projects include a multi-media installation Sight Unseen (shown in London & Pittsburgh 2012) and a GPS activated digital app, which takes readers on a walk through her latest book Diamond Street Her artwork has been exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery and many other venues nationally and internationally. For more information visit

Monica Germanà

Monica Germanà is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing and course leader for the MA Creative Writing: Writing the City and teaches on the BA modules ‘Reading Gender’, ‘Writing London’, ‘Professional Writing’, and ‘Other Worlds’.

She read Modern Languages at the University of Viterbo (Italy) and then moved to Scotland to undertake her postgraduate studies (MPhil in Scottish Studies and PhD in Scottish Literature) at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include late 19th, 20th and 21st century British literature, with a specific emphasis on the Gothic tradition, representations of the city in literature and film and contemporary women’s writing.

She is the author of Scottish Women’s Gothic and Fantastic Writing (EUP, 2010) and the editor of a special issue of Gothic Studies focussing on Contemporary Scottish Gothic (November 2011). She has published articles and chapters on Emma Tennant, Ali Smith and Alasdair Gray.

She is currently co-editing (with Dr Emily Horton) a volume of essays on Ali Smith’s fiction (Continuum, 2013), whilst working on a new research project (Bond Girls: Dress, Style and Gender) exploring the sartorial appearance of dangerous women in Ian Fleming’s novels and subsequent film adaptations. As part of this project Monica was awarded an Everett Helm fellowship (April 2011) from Indiana University to visit the Lilly Library, where Ian Fleming’s papers are held.

Monica would welcome applications from students wishing to pursue graduate research on aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century Scottish/British literature, London writing, representations of gender and the Gothic.


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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

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