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Sophie Nicholls is a novelist and poet and Head of Department for the Humanities at Teesside University. She joined Teesside in January 2014 and set up the MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) in 2015.
Sophie received her First Class MA Hons in English Language from the University of Edinburgh and her DPhil from the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was funded by the AHRC and developed a model for using writing in education, personal and professional development and health care contexts.
Sophie's novel, The Dress, was an Amazon Top 10 bestseller in 2011-12, has sold over 170,000 copies to date and has been translated into Italian, French, Bulgarian and Polish. A new bestselling edition of The Dress was published in paperback and e-book by Twenty7 Books (Bonnier Zaffre) in July 2016. Her second novel Miss Mary's Book of Dreams (Bonnier Zaffre) was published in March 2017.
Sophie’s poems have been published widely in poetry journals and magazines and her poetry collection Refugee (2011), partly inspired by her work with the organisation Freedom from Torture, is published by Salt.
Summary of Research Interests
Sophie’s research interests are in fiction, poetry, life writing, the links between creative writing and wellbeing, and creative writing pedagogies.
Digital and hybrid pedagogies, writing in groups, digital spaces
Sophie has a background in learning technologies and instructional design and is interested in exploring new ways of writing in digital spaces, hybrid pedagogies, open learning, OERs and digital wellbeing.
Along with Megan Hayes, Sophie is the founder of Creative Writing Lab, a research network for creative writing and wellbeing.
PhD and Research Opportunities
Sophie welcomes enquiries and research proposals from prospective students working in any of the following areas:
- contemporary poetry
- fiction and particularly the area of so-called 'women's fiction'
- creative writing and wellbeing
- creativity and creative process, including creative writing pedagogies
Recent completions and current PhD students - Teesside:
Megan C Hayes. Wording the Self: A Positive Psychological Approach to Creative Writing as "Becoming More."
Jessica Wortley. Writing Nature: Ways in which writing in response to nature might be beneficial to us as writers and as selves.
Victoria Bailey. Petal: A novel exploring realisations, perceptions and conceptualisations of single motherhood, exemplified over four generations of a maternal line.
External Roles and Professional Activities
External Examiner, BA Creative Writing, Birkbeck, University of London.
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
Sophie co-leads the University's Grand Challenge theme: Learning for the 21st Century.