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Dr Peter Blair
Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Programme Leader, MA Modern and Contemporary Fiction
BA, MA, PhD, PGC Learning and Teaching (HE), FHEA
Peter is Senior Lecturer in English, and has taught in the Department since 2002, mostly in the areas of 20th-century literature, postcolonialism, and creative writing.
After taking his BA at the University of Oxford, and several years working in publishing, Peter gained his MA and PhD at the University of York. He spent four months of his doctoral research, into the liberal tradition in South African fiction, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
He is co-editor of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and is on the Editorial Board of University of Chester Press.
Peter teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in both English and Creative Writing. On the English programme, he specialises in 20th-century and postcolonial literatures. Undergraduate modules he teaches or lectures on include:
He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:
Also creative writing projects, especially:
Peter has had poems, short stories, and flash fiction published in various periodicals and anthologies. In 2001 he was a runner-up in the short-story section of the Bridport Prize, for which he was again short-listed in 2006.
He has been on judging panels for an international flash fiction competition and the Cheshire Prize for Literature. For Chester Academic Press, he has edited Edge Words: Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2006 (2007) and Elements: Poems from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2007 (2008).
He has also edited three student anthologies of historical short-short stories.
Peter was formerly an editor with a publishing company, and then a freelance writer, copyeditor, and proofreader. He has contributed editing and hundreds of articles, definitions, biographies, and obituaries to reference books including:
He has also worked on a range of other reference texts published by Oxford University Press, Penguin, Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Helicon, Grolier, Barnes & Noble, BBC Worldwide, and the National Trust.