School of English

Other Honorary Appointments

Honorary Associate Professors

Honorary Assistant Professors/Lecturers

The following Honorary Assistant Professors and Lecturers work with academic staff and students in the School of English:

John Clark (Freelance cartoonist)

John Clark (pen name Brick) is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator, who creates educational illustrations, games and comic books, editorial and strip cartoons, caricatures, and commercial work for manufacturing, voluntary and statutory sectors.

Ruth Fainlight (Poet and short story writer)

Ruth's work includes:

  • New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010)
  • Sugar-Paper Blue (Bloodaxe, 1997)
  • Fifteen to infinity (Hutchinson, 1983)
  • Daylife and Nighlife (Andre Deutsch, 1971)

Ruth was shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Poetry Prize.

William 'Billy' Ivory (Screenplay writer, actor, producer)

Billy's written work includes:

  • Torvill and Dean (TV film - 2018)
  • Burton and Taylor (TV film - 2013)
  • Bert and Dickie (TV drama - 2012)
  • Women in Love (TV drama - 2011)
  • Made in Dagenham (film - 2010)
  • Common as Muck (TV series - 1997)
  • Minder (TV series - 1993-1994)
  • Coronation Street (TV series - 1989-1990)

Born in Southwell, Billy's work has been heavily influenced by living and working in the East Midlands.

Dr Dorothy Johnston (Archivist and curator)
Originally from Dublin, Dorothy attended Trinity College Dublin for both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees. She then completed a research placement at Queen’s University Belfast before moving onto a curatorial career. She was Keeper of Manuscripts and Collections at the University for 25 years.
Stephen Lowe (Screenplay writer, actor, artistic director, playwight)

Stephen's written work includes:

  • Spirit of the Man (Theatre - 2005)
  • Coronation Street (TV series - 8 episodes- 2004)
  • Unstable Elements (TV documentary - 1988)
  • Play for Today - Cries from a Watchtower (TV series - 1979)

Stephen is Director of The Meeting Ground Theatre Company.

Alison Moore (Novelist and short story writer)

Alison's work includes:

  • He Wants (Salt, 2014)
  • The Pre-War House and Other Stories (Salt, 2013)
  • The Lighthouse (Salt, 2012)

The Lighthouse was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year), winning the McKitterick Prize 2013.

Dr Kerry Young (Author)

Dr. Kerry Young is the author of Pao (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Gloria (Bloomsbury, 2013). Pao was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize and the East Midlands Book Award. Gloria was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award.

Kerry is currently working on her third novel for Bloomsbury.

Kerry is a Reader for The Literary Consultancy, a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and a Fellow on the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Programme where she is writer-in-residence at the University of Sheffield.


The following Honorary Lecturers are involved in supporting the School’s programme of outreach, community engagement and partnership with local creative practitioners:

  • Andrew Breakwell (Director of Roundabout Education)
  • Jenny Denton (Former Head of Active Communities and Community and Community Strategy Manager at the University of Nottingham)


Honorary Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Averill Buchanan (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)
  • Dr Jacqueline Cordell
    (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Octavia Cox (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)
  • Dr Roderick Dale (Centre for the Study of the Viking Age)
  • Dr Paul Holmes (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Susan Kilby (Institute for Name-Studies)
  • Dr Stephen Longstaffe (Drama)
  • Dr Lorenzo Mastropierro
    (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Charlotte May (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)
  • Dr Martina McCarthy
    (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Kate McLean (Centre for the Study of the Viking Age)
  • Dr Fabio Parente (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Eleni Ponirakis (Medieval Section)
  • Dr Keith Ruiter (Centre for the Study of the Viking Age)
  • Dr Eleanor Rye (Institute for Name-Studies)
  • Dr Sara Slinn (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)
  • Dr Elina Tuniyan (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)
  • Dr Chrissie Van Mierlo
    (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)
  • Dr Anne Marie Williamson
    (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)


The Cameron Lecture 2021

Online (Microsoft Teams)
English Place-Names and the Oxford English Dictionary: Surveying the Landscape by Dr Tania Styles (Senior Editor, Oxford English Dictionary). With the centenary of the Survey of English Place-Names fast approaching, this lecture celebrates the long tradition of collaboration between scholars of English place-names and the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Using examples from our recent work, it aims to explore some of the ways in which place-name scholarship is being used in the Dictionary today to ensure that the OED continues to serve as the definitive record of the English language.
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