Drama and Creative Writing
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Thomas Legendre

Lecturer in Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

BA (University of New Hampshire), MA (University of Delaware), MFA (Arizona State University)

Creative Writing: Fiction and Drama

Outreach and Engagement

I am currently an advisor to the Lakeside Literacy Project and a member of the judging panel for the Mansfield 'WrittenByMe' Short Story Competition. I also engage in other outreach activities such as a pre-theatre talk at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Teaching Summary

In my teaching I am interested in helping students to produce fiction of all shapes and sizes. In particular I enjoy exploring the subtle but crucial use of narrative voice and distance in relation… read more

Research Summary

My fiction and drama tend to draw from work in other disciplines, exploring the subjective underpinnings of apparently objective material. My first novel, The Burning, features characters whose… read more

Selected Publications

  • LEGENDRE, T., 2012. Dream repair: a radio play At: BBC 4
  • LEGENDRE, T., 2011. Landscape-mindscape: writing in Scotland's prehistoric future Scottish Literary Review. 3(2), 121-132

In my teaching I am interested in helping students to produce fiction of all shapes and sizes. In particular I enjoy exploring the subtle but crucial use of narrative voice and distance in relation to point-of-view, the self-generated structures of narrative, and the unexpected renderings of character, dialogue, setting, and plot that lead to engaging stories and novels.

Undergraduate modules taught

Academic Community

Creative Writing Practice

Creative Writing: Craft

Creative Writing: Pages and Stages

Advanced Writing Practice

Creative Writing Dissertation

Practice-Based Dissertation

Postgraduate Modules Taught

Fiction Form and Context

Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques

Master's Dissertation

Current Research

My fiction and drama tend to draw from work in other disciplines, exploring the subjective underpinnings of apparently objective material. My first novel, The Burning, features characters whose personal activities, which encompass sexual intrigues and visits to Las Vegas casinos, are inextricable from their discoveries in the fields of economics, ecology, and astrophysics. My play, Half Life (www.halflife.org.uk) was an entirely different sort of project -- an avant-garde, site-specific performance which took place on the west coast of Scotland as part of NVA's environmental art installation in 2007 -- yet its dramatic technique was derived from the methods of archaeology as well as general relativity and cosmology.

More recently I have become interested in audio as a medium for storytelling. This is reflected in a short work of fiction, 'Divine Wind,' issued by 4'33" Audio Magazine (www.fourthirtythree.com/archivesDEC10.html), and 'Dream Repair,' a radio drama broadcast on BBC4 in May 2012.

I have also written some reviews and a critical essay about creative approaches to landscape and phenomenology. This latter work relates specifically to two novels I've completed recently. The first, Living in the Past, involves a blend of geology, archaeology, music, and time travel. The second, Pacific Cross, explores global financial markets and metallurgy.

Drama and Creative Writing

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