Jenny Bavidge is academic director for part-time and extramural courses in English at the University’s Institute for Continuing Education and is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Her teaching and research interests lie particularly in contemporary urban writing, ecocriticism, and childhood. She is involved in the Mst in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education

Kasia Boddy is a lecturer in American literature and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. She is the author of Boxing: A Cultural History (2008), The American Short Story Since 1950 (2011) and Geranium (2013). She works mainly on American fiction and cultural history.

Steve Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English Literature. He works on the literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, though many of his projects have a longer historical contour. His areas of interest include magical thinking; the history of medicine; the cultural life of objects and the material imagination; the relations between culture and science; the philosophy of animals; literature and mathematics; and the history of sound, voice and auditory media. He has also written extensively on contemporary art for Cabinet, Tate Etc, Modern Painters and others, and broadcasts regularly for radio.

Sarah Dillon is University Lecturer in Literature and Film. She works in the interstices between literature, film and philosophy, specialising in late-twentieth and twenty-first century British and North American fiction and film, and modern continental philosophy. She is the author of The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007) and has published edited collections on contemporary authors David Mitchell and Maggie Gee. Thematically, her work ranges across queer, feminist and ecocritical fields of concern, including questions of intimacy, love, gender, sexuality, and our relationship to the other (be it the human, animal, object or environmental other). Sarah was a 2013 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and now broadcasts regularly on the BBC. 

Alex Houen is University Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His books include Terrorism and Modern Literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson (2002), and  Powers of Possibility: Experimental American Writing since the 1960s (2011). He is co-editor of Blackbox Manifold, an online poetry journal.

Sarah Kennedy is a Fellow of Downing College. She works on modernist and contemporary Anglophone poetry. Her research interests include metaphor, landscape, and literary selves. She is currently writing a comparative study of Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop and Judith Wright.

John Kerrigan  is Professor of English 2000 and a Fellow of St John’s College.  He has published quite a few essays on recent British and Irish poetry, and reviewed contemporary poetry in the TLS and LRB.

Angela Leighton is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College. She has published books on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature  –  most of it on poetry. Her essays on the contemporary include work on Les Murray, Anne Stevenson, Roy Fisher, Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, Heather McHugh and Jorie Graham.  In addition she has published three volumes of poetry: A Cold Spell, Sea Level and The Messages. Her fourth, including memoir and translations from the Italian, titled Spills, will be published in spring 2016.

Robert Macfarlane is Senior Lecturer in Post-WW2 Writing in English and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, and the author of Mountains of the Mind (2003), Original Copy (2007), The Wild Places (2007), The Old Ways (2012) and Landmarks (2015). His research interests include landscape and literature, cultural environmentalism, modern anglophone fiction, travel writing, and authenticity/the counterfeit.

Malachi McIntosh is a Fellow of King’s College. His research to date has focused on contemporary fiction from Britain, the US and the Caribbean. He is the author of Emigration and Caribbean Literature (2015).

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge.  He has published monographs and edited collections of essays on nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, violence and avant-garde art, the 1940s, contemporary poetry; anthologies Altered State: the New Polish Poetry ed. Mengham, Pioro, Szymor (2003), Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems, ed. Kinsella, Mengham(2005); poetry, including Unsung: New and Selected Poems, (2001), Diving Tower (2006), Parleys and Skirmishes(2007), Bell Book (2012) and The Understory (2014). He has also curated numerous exhibitions, most recently ‘Sculpture in the Close 2013’ [Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates,Harland Miller, Damian Ortega, Doris Salcedo.

Ian Patterson is a Fellow of Queens’ College. He has published Guernica and Total War (Profile/ Harvard UP 2007) and numerous articles and reviews on twentieth-century and contemporary writing. He translates from French, eg Marcel Proust, Finding Time Again (Penguin, 2003) and has published a number of books and pamphlets of poems including Time to Get Here: Selected Poems 1969-2002 (Salt, 2003). His most recent books of poetry are Time Dust (Equipage, 2015) and Still Life (Oystercatcher Press, 2015). He is currently writing What’s the Point of Ian McEwan?, a book about the failure of imagination in recent British culture. Follow him on Twitter @paftersnu.

James Riley is currently Lecturer in English and is Fellow of English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His research interests include 20th and 21st century Anglophone writing; literature and technology; recording, noise, cybernetics; counterculture and the 1960s and areas of ‘occulture’ such as parapsychology, catastrophism and ufology. See his blog Residual Noise.

Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall and teaches literature from the 1850s to the present for colleges and the Faculty of English. She is particularly interested in literature that bears witness, in various ways, to the history of its own time, and has published on writings of the First World War, the Crimean War, and the American/Viet Nam War. She also works on contemporary Vietnamese diaspora writers in the US, Canada, and Australia. She has an interest in engagements with psychoanalysis in contemporary literature, and in contemporary historical novels.

Chris Warnes works on African literature, postcolonial studies, the novel and digital culture. He is the author of Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel: Between Faith and Irreverence (2009).

Mark Wormald is Senior Tutor at Pembroke College. He works on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature as well as contemporary poetry and fiction.