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The School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brooks University hosts Writing Fellows from the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) in London. The RLF is a charity which supports professional writers through a variety of schemes, and Oxford Brooks University was one of the pioneer hosts for the RLF Fellowship scheme.
The RLF scheme places experienced writers into higher education institutions to offer confidential one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate and postgraduate students on any aspect of writing and presentation, whether academic assessed and non-assessed work, exam writing or seminar presentation. RLF Fellows can offer help across the full range of academic disciplines. All Oxford Brookes students who are in the UK at the time of the consultation are entitled to sign up.
The Fellows’ office is T414 (Tonge Building) on the Gipsy Lane Campus. Students can make appointments by emailing the Fellows directly. The Royal Literary Fund Fellows only work between weeks 1 and 12 each semester.
Michael Bond writes non-fiction books about human psychology and behaviour. He is interested in the many ways we are influenced by our social and physical surroundings: how the people we’re with and the places we know affect what we do and think.
His most recent book is Wayfinding: the art and science of how we find and lose our way (Picador, 2020). It explores how our brains make the cognitive maps that keep us orientated, and how our interactions with landscape affect our memory and cognition.
Previously he wrote The Power of Others (Oneworld, 2014), which won the 2015 British Psychological Society book of the year prize. It investigates the psychological effects of groups and the challenges of isolation.
Michael started his career as a science journalist. For six years he was senior editor at New Scientist. His interest in social psychology began during his time reporting on conflict and reconciliation in the Middle East during the second Palestinian intifada. His articles have appeared in New Scientist, Nature, Aeon, Slate, Discover, BBC Future, Prospect, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, USA Today and elsewhere.
In his other life, he is co-founder of the problem-solving agency Common, which uses behavioural science to improve people’s lives. He also works as an editorial consultant for the UN Environment Programme’s Crisis Management Branch. He lives in a cottage with a cat called Cecil.
Clare Morgan is a fiction writer and literary critic. Her novel A Book for All and None (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) was shortlisted for the Author’s Club best novel award, and reflects her interest in creating fictions around real historical characters and events, in this case Virginia Woolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. Her short story collection An Affair of the Heart, featuring stories set in a range of international locations, was published by Seren and her stories have been widely anthologized, and commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 4. She has a new collection of stories, Scar Tissue, forthcoming with Seren in September 2022.
She has researched extensively the relation between poetry and business and her non-fiction book, What Poetry Brings to Business, was published by University of Michigan Press. Her ongoing work in the field has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and is reflected in international presentations and workshops; in her chapter ‘Thinking Beyond the Facts’ in Humanizing Business (Springer, 2021); and in an essay published in Fast Company in August 2020. Clare Morgan’s interest in writers and writing is evidenced in her academic essays on seminal figures such as Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather and George Orwell, as well as less familiar writers such as Margiad Evans. She has worked closely with emergent writers inside and outside academe to help them develop their individual voices and take forward their writerly and critical careers, and her paper ‘The Big Business of Creative Writing’ was presented at the international Writers and their Education symposium (Oxford University, 2019). She reviews occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement.