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Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Dr Carolyn Jess-CookeLecturer in Creative Writing
I am the author of two academic monographs, two co-edited academic collections, two poetry collections and four novels published in a total of twenty-two languages. I hold awards in the National Poetry Competition, the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and am the recipient of an Arts Council award, an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, the Tyrone Guthrie Prize for Poetry and have twice received a Northern Promise Award. I publish regularly in literary journals in the US and the UK/Ireland, and my academic monographs are required texts for undergrad and postgrad literature and film courses around the world. I have published many papers in prestigious international journals such as Screen, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The International Journal of the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing. My latest novel, The Boy Who Could See Demons, explores mental illness in post-Troubles Northern Ireland and is being made into a Hollywood film.

Research and Teaching Interests

My creative work regularly explores the experience of mental illness and its social perceptions and interventions. I am also working with the mental health charity MIND to lead workshops with young people in recovery from mental illness. As a public textual artist, I was commissioned throughout 2008-2010 to write a poem that is set into the floorscape of a new multimillion-pound mental health complex in Middlesbrough – this work involved a huge amount of engagement with service users and research, and is currently the largest public textual art installation in the UK.


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