BA, MA, PhD, PGC Learning and Teaching (HE), FHEA
Ashley is Senior Lecturer in English and Programme Leader of the Department's MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction.
He is co-director of the International Flash Fiction Association and co-editor of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press.
Ashley is on the Executive Committee of the Ford Madox Ford Society and the Editorial Boards of the Cowper and Newton Journal and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice.
He is a member of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK), the Evelyn Waugh Society, the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR).
He was External Examiner for BA and MA Creative Writing at the University of Cumbria (2007-11) and for MA Creative Writing at Edge Hill University (2011-15).
In 2012, he organised the major international conference ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: Modernism and the First World War’.
Ashley is the founder of the Department's Creative Writing Blog, the National Flash Fiction Youth Competition, and the Professor Glyn Turton Lecture series.
Ashley specialises in twentieth-century literature and creative writing. Modules he teaches or lectures on include:
- Contemporary Literature
- Varieties of Fiction
- Flash Fiction
- Varieties of Writing
- Modernism and After
- A Day in the Life
On the MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction and MA Modern and Contemporary Fiction, he teaches on:
- Writing Short Fiction for Publication
- Writing Novels for Publication
- Research Methods
- The Writing Project
- Shorter Fiction
- Getting Published
He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:
- William Cowper
- Joseph Conrad
- Ford Madox Ford
- Early twentieth-century literature
- The short-short story.
Also creative writing projects, especially:
- Short-short stories
- Short stories
- Travel writing
Ashley is currently working on Ford Madox Ford’s poetry and a critical edition of Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (Oxford University Press).
He is the Series Editor of Character Studies (Continuum). Books in the series include studies of Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Darkness, Waiting for Godot, and Beloved.
- Meg Tuite, Lined Up Like Scars: Flash Fictions, ed. with Peter Blair (Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 2015).
- An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Ashgate, 2015).
- War and the Mind: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, Modernism, and Psychology, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
- David Swann, Stronger Faster Shorter: Flash Fictions, ed. with Peter Blair (Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, 2015).
- Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: The First World War, Culture, and Modernity, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Rodopi, 2014).
- Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in Honour of Vincent Newey, ed. with Michael Davies and Philip Shaw (Ashgate, 2011).
- Studying English Literature, ed. with David Higgins (Continuum, 2010).
- Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture, ed. with Carla Dente (Rodopi, 2009).
- Heart of Darkness: Character Studies (Continuum, 2008).
- The Alternative A-Z of English Literature, ed. with Terry Claridge (Alternative Press, 2008; 2013)
- An Anatomy of Chester: A Collection of Short-Short Stories [editor] (Chester: Chester Academic Press, 2007)
- Life Lines: Poems from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2004 (Chester: Chester Academic Press, 2005)
- Prize Flights: 20 Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2003 (Chester: Chester Academic Press, 2004)
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Essays, chapters and articles:
- ‘Critical Writing on William Cowper, 2013-2014’, Cowper and Newton Journal, 5 (2015).
- ‘“As if on a magic carpet'': An Interview with Vanessa Gebbie' [with Peter Blair], Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, 4.2 (2015).
- ‘“A pop star trapped in the body of a flasher”: An Interview with David Gaffney’ [with Peter Blair], Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, 4.1 (2014).
‘Critical Writing on William Cowper, 2011-2012’, Cowper and Newton Journal, 3 (2013).
- ‘“In This Dead-Dawning Century”: Ford Madox Ford’s Edwardian Poetry’, in The Edwardian Ford Madox Ford, ed. Laura Colombino and Max Saunders (Rodopi, 2013).
- ‘Critical Writing on William Cowper, 1980-2010’, Cowper and Newton Journal, 2 (2012).
- ‘Robert Lowell on Ford Madox Ford’, in Ford Madox Ford and America, ed. Sara Haslam and Seamus O’Malley (Rodopi, 2012).
‘From Cowper to Conrad: Authenticity at the End of the Century’, in Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in Honour of Vincent Newey, ed. Ashley Chantler, Michael Davies and Philip Shaw (Ashgate, 2011).
- ‘Ford Madox Ford and the Troubadours’, in Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence, ed. Dominique Lemarchal and Claire Davison-Pégon (Rodopi, 2011).
- ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Dedications’ [note], Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter, 17 (2011).
- ‘Editing Ford Madox Ford’s Poetry’, in Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing, ed. Jason Harding (Rodopi, 2010).
- ‘Literature 1901-1945', in Studying English Literature, ed. with David Higgins (Continuum, 2010).
- ‘Image-Music-Text: Ford and the Impressionist Lyric', in Ford Madox Ford and Visual Media, ed. Laura Colombino (Rodopi, 2009).
- ‘The Film of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker', in Textual Revisions: Readings in Literature and Film, ed. Brian Baker (Chester Academic Press, 2009).
- ‘Notes Towards the Definition of the Short-Short Story', in The Short Story, ed. Ailsa Cox (Cambridge Scholars, 2009).
- ‘"Paring His Fingernails"? The Textual Editor as Translator', in Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture, ed. with Carla Dente (Rodopi, 2009).
‘Another Crux in The Good Soldier’ [note], Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter, 12 (2006).
- ‘Creating an Editorial Procedure for Non-Canonical Texts', in Textual Variations: The Impact of Textual Studies on Literary Studies, ed. Rebecca Styler and Joseph Pridmore (University of Leicester Press, 2006).
‘Against Oblivion: Ford Madox Ford’ [note], Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter, 11 (2004).
- ‘Ford's Pre-War Poetry and the "Rotting City"', in Ford Madox Ford and the City, ed. Sara Haslam (Rodopi, 2005).
- ‘Angelic Metamorphoses: Metaphysics in Eastern Europe', in Proteus: The Language of Metamorphoses, ed. Carla Dente, George Ferzoco, Miriam Gill and Marina Spunta (Ashgate, 2005).
‘Editing: A Can of Worms’, The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 3.2 (2002).
‘Echoes of Cowper in Frankenstein’ [note], Notes and Queries, 46.1 (Mar. 1999).
‘Poetry, Posture, Politics’ [note], Stand Magazine, 39 (1997).
- 'Tom Hodgkinson and Dan Kieran (eds), The Book of Idle Pleasures', Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 6.2 (Oct. 2013).
- 'Sean Hill, Very Short Stories', Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 5.2 (Oct. 2012).
- ‘Alternative Romanticisms: Proceedings of the Grimma Conference 2001. Edited by Werner Huber and marie-Luise Egbert', Byron Journal, 36.1 (2008).
- ‘Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840. Edited by James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin; Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. By Kevis Goodman', Byron Journal, 34.2 (2006).
- ‘The Cambridge Companion to Byron. Edited by Drummond Bone', Byron Journal, 34.1 (2006).
- ‘English Romanticism and the Celtic World. Edited by Gerard Carruthers and Alan Rawes', Byron Journal, 32.1 (2004).
- ‘Byron: The Erotic Liberal. By Jonathan David Gross; Mapping Male Sexuality: Nineteenth-Century England. Edited by Jay Losey and William D. Brewer', Byron Journal, 30 (2002).
- ‘Women's Gothic: From Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley. By E. J. Clery; Mary Wollstonecraft. By Jane Moore; Mary Shelley. By Miranda Seymour; Mary Shelley: A Literary Life. By John Williams; Mary Shelley in Her Times. Edited by Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran', Byron Journal, 29 (2001).
- ‘Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction. By Betty T. Bennett', Byron Journal, 28 (2000).
Ashley's books include:
- Love and Other Problems [poetry and flash pamphlet] (2014).
- He Is the Fire [novella] (2013).
- Nana and Grape [illustrated poem for children] (2004).
- In Praise of Paving [poetry collection] (2003).
He is currently working of a flash-fiction collection titled Cutting Away.
His flashes and poems have been published by a wide range of periodicals, including:
- 100 Word Story.
- 101 Words.
- A Quiet Courage.
- The Frogmore Papers.
- London Magazine.
- Poetry Monthly.
- Postcard Shorts
- Rain Dog.
- Red Ink.
- Visual Verse.
- And the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed: National Flash-Fiction Day 2016 Anthology, ed. Calum Kerr and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.
For Chester Academic Press, Ashley has edited: Prize Flights (2004), Life Lines (2005) and An Anatomy of Chester (2007).
He has been on the judging panels of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, Gladstone’s Library ‘Mystery Lady’ flash competition, Chester Library Flash Fiction Competition, and the National Flash Fiction Youth Competition.
View Ashley's books on Amazon.
The International Flash Fiction Association (IFFA), Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press
Ashley is founder and director (with Peter Blair) of the International Flash Fiction Association, which was established in 2015 to promote flash fiction around the world.
Ashley and Peter are also founders of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine - the world’s leading publisher of quality short-short stories and serious reviews of flash-fiction anthologies, collections, guidebooks, and critical studies - and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, which publishes chapbooks of groundbreaking flash fiction.
For more information about the IFFA, Flash, the Press, and Ashley’s other flash-related work, click here.