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I was appointed Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen's in 2015 and I teach creative writing across both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula with special focus on prose fiction and non-fiction. Apart from fiction, my research interests include writing about place, history and memoir. I am also a map-maker and publish academically on the topic of cartography. I hold an MA in Art History, an MPhil in Geography and a PhD in Creative Writing. 

Research Interests

To date, I have published genre fiction in the form of three young adult novels, The Badness of BallydogLost Dogs and Deep Deep Down (Simon & Schuster, 2010 and 2011). The Badness of Ballydog was nominated for the UK Literary Association Children’s Book Award and the Lincolnshire Young Reader’s Award.

The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border (Faber & Faber, 2017) is my most recent book. It was widely and positively reviewed and has gained significant media attention, including selection as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week during March 2017. I am a frequent contributor to the press, the BBC and to other newspapers and broadcasters in Europe and beyond. I am also regularly invited to read at literary events and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition I have presented many papers to academic conferences, primarily on the topics of cartography and writing about place. 

I curate a touring exhibition called Mapping Alternative Ulster, which was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It is an exhibition of maps created by independent cartographers and has received wide media attention (see mappingalternativeulster.net). The show includes some of my own maps. My cartographic practice began with a funding award from the Centre for Cross Border Studies. I exhibit the work widely and my maps have made their way into government and university collections. 

My work is currently being developed as an Impact Case Study for REF2021. 


I am involved in the teaching of Creative Writing at all levels within the English subject area, from Stage One undergraduate right through to MA-level teaching and including supervision of PhDs. I convene ENG1090: Introduction to Creative Writing. As recruitment onto this module continues to rise I am currently undertaking a radical redesign of how it is delivered. At Stage Two I convene and teach ENG2093: Creative Writing Prose. I also supervise for Stage Three Creative Writing student wishing to write a year-long Prose Dissertation.

My recruitment activities have brought many international students to our programmes, principally from the USA. I am primary supervisor to four students undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. Three of these have gained funding awards from external bodies and one has already signed a publishing contract. 

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Research Output 2006 2019

An Archaeology of Ireland's Border

Carr, G., 01 Mar 2019, In : Paper Visual Art. 10, p. 47-53 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Photo Essay

Belfast Debate on Europe: The Map of Connections

Carr, G., 05 Sep 2019, p. 13-19. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

school graduate

How the Irish border was made and maintained, New Statesman

Carr, G., 17 Apr 2019, In : New Statesman and Society. p. 48 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Il Confine Non Esiste Piu. Marie Claire Italia

Carr, G., 12 Mar 2019, In : Marie Claire. p. 122-132 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Travel Books
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Activities 2010 2019

Finding Connections. Speaking with US students on study scheme with DIS, Denmark

Garrett Carr (Speaker)
04 Mar 2019

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a delegation or group

Ruins and the Picturesque

Garrett Carr (Invited speaker)
02 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The Belfast Debate on Europe

Garrett Carr (Participant)
14 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The Border Now. Speaking with US students on study scheme with DIS, Denmark

Garrett Carr (Speaker)
17 Jul 2019

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a delegation or group

Representations of Belfast In Crime Fiction and Film Noir

Dominique Jeannerod (Speaker), Garrett Carr (Speaker)
09 Apr 2019

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

Press / Media

Interview: The peace walls of Belfast: Do they still help keep the peace?

Garrett Carr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Art Forum: the Yellow Manifesto

Garrett Carr & Suzanne Lacy


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Interview: Peace Walls and the Border

Garrett Carr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


The Rule of the Land: Politics, Landscape and Identity on Ireland’s Border

Garrett Carr (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact, Other Impact