Celia Brayfield


Reader in Creative Writing & Director of the Creative Enterprise Centre

Room: Gaskell Building 130
Brunel University
United Kingdom
Tel: 01895 267290/07788 710 130
Email: celia.brayfield@brunel.ac.uk
Web: Personal Website


Celia is a novelist and cultural commentator. She is the author of nine novels. The latest, Wild Weekend (Time Warner Books, 2004) explores the tensions in a Suffolk village in homage to Oliver Goldmsith's She Stoops to Conquer. To explore suburban living, she created the community of Westwick and explored mid-life manners in Mr Fabulous And Friends, and the environmental implications of urbanisation in Getting Home. She has often juxtaposed historical and contemporary settings, notably eighteenth century Spain in Sunset, pre-revolutionary St Petersburg in White Ice and Malaysia in the time of World War II in Pearls. Four of her novels have been optioned by major US, UK or French producers.

Her non-fiction titles include two standard works on the art of writing: Arts Reviews (Kamera Books, 2008) and, Bestseller (Fourth Estate, 1996.) Her most recent is Deep France (Pan, 2004) a journal of a year she spent writing in south-west France.

She has served on the management committee of The Society of Authors and judged national literary awards including the Betty Trask Award and the Macmillan Silver PEN Prize. A former media columnist, she contributes to The Times, BBC Radio 4 and other national and international media.

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_Brayfield

Research and Teaching

Research Overview

As a novelist, Celia’s research output is primarily creative. She is at present working on a novel set in the milieu of Mary Queen of Scots between 1574 and 1584 in England and France. Other interests include the young English women novelists of the 1960s and 1970s.

She is currently supervising PhD students working on: a historical novel set in the time of Shakespeare in London; a historical novel about a woman artist working in World War I; a steampunk novel, the first of a trilogy, set in Europe in the early Twentieth Century; a fantasy novel about the young unemployed in the near-future in Europe. She welcomes creative research proposals in prose fiction and would be particularly interested in literary, crossover and good genre novels with an element of social engagement, particularly work which explores the changing role of women.

Teaching Activity

Celia Brayfield designed the Creative Writing Programme at Brunel between 2005 and 2010. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as supervising research students. She supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in prose fiction, lifewriting and journalism. Depending on her commitments, she teaches EN2025 Writing The Journey and EN2016 Writing Journalism in the undergraduate programme and EN5526 Elements of Fiction and EN5524 Planning a Novel in the MA Creative Writing:The Novel. As Director of the School of Arts’ Creative Enterprise Centre, she is developing closer relationships between the university and creative industries and designing career planning and support initiatives for graduates.



Journal Papers

(2009) Brayfield, C. and Green, A., About creative writing at Brunel University (Introduction), New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 6 (3) : 165- 167

(2009) Brayfield, C., Creative writing: the frequently asked question, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 6 (3) : 175- 186

(2009) Brayfield, C., Babelfish Babylon: teaching creative writing in a multi-literate community, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 6 (3) : 201- 214


(2008) Brayfield, C., Arts reviews: and how to write them. Kamera Books

(2004) Brayfield, C., Deep France: a writer's year in the Béarn. London: Pan Books

(2004) Brayfield, C., Wild weekend. London: Time Warner

(2003) Brayfield, C., Mister Fabulous and friends. London: Time Warner

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