Ian Sansom


  • Room 02.003 - Seamus Heaney Centre For Poetry 46 University Road

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: Creative Writing Prose (Fiction/Non-Fiction) 20th and 21st century Fiction Literature of the 1930s Literature and Ethics Literary Criticism Narrative Theory Diaries/Memoirs Digital Cultures Cultural Theory Crime Fiction Genre Fiction Short Stories W.H.Auden The Novel Radio


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Personal profile


Ian Sansom studied at Christ's College, Cambridge and Magdalen College, Oxford. From 1996-1999 he was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Ian has taught English and Creative Writing at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of Warwick, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, and for the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. He was a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Warwick, the Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre at TCD, and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Queens.

Research Interests

Ian is a novelist, critic, journalist and broadcaster with wide-ranging interests in literature, cultural history and the arts.

A former columnist for the Guardian, Ian also writes regularly for the New Statesman, the Irish Times, the London Review of Books, the Dublin Review, and the Spectator, as well as contributing to newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, PN Review, Poetry Review, the Independent, the Literary Review, the Yale Review, Raritan, and Salmagundi.

A former editor of Oxford Poetry, he was a co-founder and editor of the critical magazine Thumbscrew and the co-founder and editor of the magazine The Enthusiast.

Ian has produced a significant body of published work in fiction, cultural history and literary criticism. He also writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and has adapted his own work for radio and tv. His fiction and non-fiction has been translated into more than a dozen languages, including Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. He is the author of two novel series: The Mobile Library series and The County Guides series. Other publications include the bestselling The Truth About Babies (2002) and Paper: An Elegy (2012). Ring Road (2004) was a 'Book at Bedtime' on BBC Radio 4. The Norfolk Mystery (2014) was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

Ian has been a judge for the Faber/Gordon Burn Prize (2017), the Dublin Literary Award/IMPAC Prize (2016) and was chairman of the judges for the Warwick Prize for Writing (2013). He is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, the British Association of Paper Historians and the Society of Authors.

Ian has supervised a range of Masters and doctoral theses and welcomes doctoral applications from suitably-qualified candidates in Creative Writing.


Ian has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level for over twenty-five years. As well as his work at colleges and universities he has worked for the British Council, has been an Arvon tutor, taught on summer schools throughout the UK and Ireland, and worked extensively with ex-offenders teaching literary and numeracy skills. He has contributed to introductory courses in English and Creative Writing at all levels within the university, and his specialist courses have included modules on the Literature of the 1930s, Crime Fiction, The Seven Basic Plots, the History and Future of the Book, Life Writing, and the Art of Non-Fiction.

His Departmental and Faculty responsibilities have included course development and convening at BA, MA and PhD level, as well as working as head of admissions.

Ian has been an external examiner at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of East Anglia, the University of London, and is currently external examiner at the University of Reading.

Ian has been nominated for numerous teaching awards and was awarded a Queen's University Teaching Award in 2011.

He is currently Subject Lead for English in the School of Arts, English and Languages.

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Research Output

'Red Eye'

Sansom, I., 01 Jun 2019, Belfast Stories. McVeigh, P. & Frank, L. (eds.). Galway: Doire Press, p. 56-65 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Redstone Diary 2020: Europe

    Sansom, I., 2019, (Accepted) Redstone Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

    The sickness of others

    Sansom, I., 01 Mar 2019, In : The Dublin Review. 74, Spring 2019, p. 29-57 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    December Stories I

    Sansom, I., 01 Nov 2018, Belfast: No Alibis Press. 95 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    The Redstone Diary 2019: Home

    Sansom, I., 2018, Redstone Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology