Dr Rachel Connor, Course Director

Dr Rachel Connor

Course Director

Course Director for Creative Writing, Rachel is a novelist, short story writer and a dramatist for stage and radio. She has an interest in the intersections between fields of knowledge, especially between those of the creative and the literary critical.

The main focus of Rachel’s research is practice-based, as a writer of fiction, script and performance. She is a published novelist, prize-winning writer of fiction and has had drama produced for both stage and radio, including for the BBC. She has a fascination for the intersection of knowledge fields and creative processes; as a result, she has research and written on site-related performance, adaptation, cultural geography, histories of science and the literary representation of digital technologies.

Rachel supervises doctoral work in creative writing and welcomes applications from research students interested in any area of adaptation and practice-based research that focuses on fiction and/or script. She co-leads the ‘Practices of Writing’ research strand of the Centre for Culture and the Arts.

In addition to research and teaching, Rachel is engaged with a range of public engagement, outreach and partnership work, including with regional, national and international organisations such as Leeds Lit Fest, First Story and the British Council.


Current Teaching

  • The Writers’ Workshop
  • Writing Fictions
  • Adaptation: Textual Afterlives
  • The Creative Writing Project
  • Space, Place, Environment (MA module, Creative Writing pathway)
  • PhD supervision in the areas of creative writing practice-as-research and adaptation (novel and script)

Research Interests

Rachel is currently Principal Investigator on a collaborative project (along with Professor Jayne Raisborough and Professor Susan Watkins at Leeds Beckett University), which is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. The project explores the responses of producers, makers and performers in the cultural industries to their perceptions of growing older. Using creative writing workshops as a research methodology, this work seeks to examine and begin to challenge the workings of ageism in the cultural industries and bring cross-field cultural workers into close partnership with academics to promote social inclusion.

Rachel is also at work on a novel-in-progress, provisionally entitled FLOOD RISKS, which explores the impact of flooding in UK and international contexts – in particular, the ways in which communities respond to disaster through ritual and collaboration.

Dr Rachel Connor, Course Director

Ask Me About

  1. Literature
  2. Drama
  3. Writing

Selected Outputs

  • Connor RA (2017) How to curate a life. In: EXIT EARTH. London: Storgy Books, pp. 3-10.

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  • Connor RA (2014) The Properties of Water. . Linen Press,

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  • Connor RA (2011) Projecting H.D.: Film, Criticism and Visual Culture. In: Debo A; Vetter L ed. Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. New York: Modern Languages Association of America,

  • Connor RA (2010) H.D.’s Visionary Prose. In: Seed D ed. A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 313-321.

  • Connor RA (2004) H.D.’s The Gift: "an endless store room of film". In: Murphet J; Rainford L ed. Literature and Visual Technologies Writing After Cinema. London: Palgrave Macmillan,

  • Connor RA (2000) Textu(r)al Braille: Visionary (Re)Readings of H.D. In: Horner A; Keane A ed. Body Matters Feminism, Textuality, Corporeality. Manchester: Manchester University Press,

  • Connor RA (1999) Assuming White Identities: Racial and Gendered Looking Across the Literature/ Media Divide. In: Brown H; Gilkes M; Kaloski Naylor A ed. White?women critical perspectives on race and gender. York: Raw Nerve Books,

  • eds. Connor RA (2017) Back to Our Future. London: First Story Press.

  • eds. Connor RA (2016) Being Us. London: First Story Press.

  • eds. Connor RA (2015) Being Human. First Story Press.

  • Connor RA (2011) Sisterwives. Crocus Books.

  • Connor R (2004) H.D. and the Image. Manchester University Press.

  • Evans R (2016) Exploring writing habits and approaches. In: National Association of Writers in Education, 14 November 2014 - 17 July 2016, Bristol.

  • Burnett L; Hussain N; McGrath J; McKnight L (2016) Practices of Writing: The Future of the Humanities. In: Palgrave Macmillan/Leeds Beckett University The Future of the Humanities, 4 July 2016, The Tetley, Leeds.

  • Connor RA (2015) 'Translating Strindberg': considerations for a site-specific performance. In: National Association of Writers in Education annual conference, 13 November 2015 - 15 November 2015, Durham.

  • Connor RA (1997) Maddening Reflections”: The Cinematics of H.D.’s Her. ManuScript, 2 (1),

  • Connor RA (In press) Synchronous.

  • Connor RA (In press) A Dream Play.

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  • Connor RA (2014) The Cloistered Soul, Afternoon Drama for BBC Radio 4.