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Thomas Legendre

Assistant Professor 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

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 creative work tends to draw from other disciplines, exploring the subjective underpinnings of apparently objective material. My first novel, The Burning, features characters whose personal… 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

Fiction: Forms and Conventions

Advanced Writing Practice

Creative Writing Dissertation

Postgraduate Modules Taught

Creative Writing Conventions and Techniques

Writing Workshop: Fiction

Master's Dissertation

Current Research

My creative work tends to draw from other disciplines, exploring the subjective underpinnings of apparently objective material. My first novel, The Burning, features characters whose personal activities, including 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(http://nva.org.uk/artwork/half-life/) was an entirely different sort of project -- an immersive, site-specific performance which took place on the west coast of Scotland as part of NVA's environmental art installation -- yet its dramatic technique was derived from the methods of archaeology as well as general relativity and cosmology.

More recently, my novel Living in the Past (forthcoming from Acre Books in the US, Spring 2020) involves a blend of geology, archaeology, music, and time travel, while another novel Spring Fever (forthcoming from Unthank Books in April 2020) is a quantum romantic techno-thriller with a literary sensibility.

I have also written critical essays, reviews, and stories ranging in length from 200 to over 7000 words. In addition I have explored audio as a medium for storytelling. This is reflected in 'Divine Wind,' issued by 4'33" Audio Magazine and 'Dream Repair,' a radio drama broadcast on BBC4.

For more detail, visit my website https://www.thomaslegendre.com

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