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Dr Hayden Gabriel

Visiting Lecturer: MA Literature for Children and Young Adults

School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

01752 636700

Hayden Gabriel

Role Summary



  • PhD in Creative Writing and Environmental Literature - Bath Spa University
  • MA in Creative Writing - University of East Anglia
  • PGCE - English with Drama -University of Exeter
  • BA English with Media 1st Class Hons - University of Plymouth


Developing Creative Writing projects with MA students. Original writing: fiction; non-fiction; writing for the screen; short story writing; journalistic travel and review writing; ecocentric fiction; nature writing; ecocriticism; blog writing.


A novelist, academic, and qualified teacher, my practice-led research includes representations of nature, exploration of 'ecocentric' fiction and the application and development of theorectical frameworks that can be applied to such fiction. My consultancy and professional practice interests include creative writing, especially prose fiction and screenplay; environmental literature; ecocentric fiction and ecocriticism.

My PhD in Creative Writing involved the production of - and critical reflection upon - fiction which aimed to present the reader with an engaging narrative, while exploring ways in which characters position themselves in relation to 'nature'. The work considers the need identified by ecocritics for narratives which constitute a 'mature environmental aesthetic', while making a 'coherent and positive response to environmental crisis'. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of such endeavour and my work, past and present, engages with subjects from both the Arts and Sciences.



  • Gabriel, H (2015) 'Animal Lives, Binary Opposition and Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer' University of Wales (Winner of the 2015 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability)
  • Gabriel, H &Garrard, G (2012) 'Reading and Writing Climate Change' in Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  • Gabriel, H (2007) 'Physician' in Resurgence magazine, Hartland.
  • Gabriel, H (2004) A Wonderful Use for Fire, Pan Macmillan, London.
  • Gabriel, H (2003) Where the Light Remains, Simon and Schuster, New York.
  • Gabriel, H (2002) The Quickening Ground, Pan Macmillan, London Research.


Conference papers:

  • September 2015 'Animal Lives, Binary Opposition and Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer' at the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment UK-I) biennial conference, University of Cambridge.
  • January 2014 'Discourse informed by Ecology' at the Marjon Symposium Place, Space, Environment, Nature.
  • August 2013 'Narratives of Ecology? at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI) Biennial Conference, Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions at the University of Surrey.
  • July 2013 'Narrative Discourses of Ecological Dependence and Sustainability' at the Marjon Annual Conference.
  • May 2011 presented public lecture 'epresentations of Landscape' University of Plymouth at the invitation of Plymouth Proprietary Library as part of the Peninsula Arts programme.
  • September 2010 'Fictional Representations of Timescape and Ecological Change' at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)European conference Environmental Change Cultural Change, at Bath University.
  • October 2008 'Writing a Novel:identifying Subject and Aesthetic' to MA students and Creative Writing Staff at the Kingcombe Centre for University of Bath Spa.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
  • National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE)
  • Society of Authors (SoA)

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