Dr Ashley Chantler

Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction


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-editor of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and 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 was External Examiner for BA and MA Creative Writing at the University of Cumbria (2007-11) and is currently External Examiner for MA Creative Writing at Edge Hill university (2011-).

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
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate supervision:

He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:

  • William Cowper
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Ford Madox Ford
  • Modernism
  • Early twentieth-century literature
  • The short-short story.

Also creative writing projects, especially:

  • Poetry
  • Short-short stories
  • Short stories
  • Travel writing

Published work

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.


  • An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Ashgate; forthcoming).
  • War and the Mind: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, Modernism, and Psychology, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Edinburgh University 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).

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Literature & Authenticity book cover

Recent essays and articles:

  • ‘“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).
  • ‘“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).
  • ‘Robert Lowell on Ford Madox Ford’, in Ford Madox Ford and America, ed. Sara Haslam and Seamus O’Malley (Rodopi, 2012).
  • ‘Ford Madox Ford and the Troubadours’, in Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence, ed. Dominique Lemarchal and Claire Davison-Pégon (Rodopi, 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).
  • ‘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).
  • ‘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).

Reviews in the Byron Journal:

  • ‘Mary Shelley, The Original Frankenstein. Edited by Charles E. Robinson; Frankenstein. By Audrey A. Fisch', Byron Journal, Byron Journal, 38.2 (2010).
  • 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).

Online bibliographies:

Creative writing:

Ashley’s flash fiction and poetry have been published by a wide range of e-zines and national and international periodicals, including 100 Word Story, Anon, Eclipse, The Frogmore Papers, London Magazine, Orbis, Poetry Monthly, Rain Dog, Red Ink, Shadowtrain, and Vigil.

His 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).

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.

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Flash and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press:

Ashley is founder and editor (with Peter Blair) of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, a major biannual literary magazine. Since the inaugural issue of October 2008, Flash has established itself as the world’s leading publisher of quality short-short stories and serious reviews of flash-fiction anthologies, collections, guidebooks, and critical studies.

Ashley and Peter are also the founders and editors of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, which publishes chapbooks of quality flash fiction. The Press’s inaugural collection was David Swann’s Stronger Faster Shorter: Flash Fictions (2015).

For more information about Flash, the Press, and Ashley’s flash-related work, click here.