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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 Programme Leader of the Department’s MA Modern and Contemporary Fiction.
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 some of his doctoral research, into the liberal tradition in South African fiction, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
He is a member of the Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA), the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS), the Northern Postcolonial Network, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR).
He is co-editor of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, 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:
On the MA Modern and Contemporary Fiction and MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction, he teaches on:
He has also contributed to the MA Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.
He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:
Also creative writing projects, especially:
Peter has had poems, short stories, and flash fiction published in various anthologies and literary magazines, and has read at Chester Literature Festival events. 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. In 2015 he was a runner-up in the Fish Poetry Prize. His anthology publications are:
‘After the Museum’, in Fish Anthology 2015, ed. Clem Cairns (Durrus, Ireland: Fish, forthcoming in 2015)
‘Extra’, ‘Chemistry Lock’, and ‘Walkabout’, in An Anatomy of Chester: A Collection of Short-Short Stories, ed. Ashley Chantler (Chester: Chester Academic Press, 2006), pp. 1, 11, 74–75
‘Ash’, in Life Lines: Poems from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2004, ed. Ashley Chantler (Chester: Chester Academic Press, 2005), p. 28
‘The Pass’, in The Bridport Prize 2001 (Bristol: Sansom, 2001), pp. 58–68
He has been on judging panels of the Cheshire Prize for Literature (poetry), the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, Gladstone’s Library ‘Mystery Lady’ Flash Fiction Competition, Chester Library Flash Fiction Competition, and the National Flash Fiction Youth Competition.
He is editor of the following books:
Flash and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press
Peter is founder and editor (with Ashley Chantler) 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.
Peter and Ashley 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 Peter’s flash-related work, click here.
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 Collins Dictionary of British History (1997), The Penguin Biographical Dictionary of Women (1998), Oxford Paperback Encyclopedia (1998), Collins English Dictionary (4th edition, 1998), Oxford Who's Who in the Twentieth Century (1999), and The Hutchinson Almanac 2001 (2001).
He has also worked on a range of other reference texts published by Barnes & Noble, BBC Worldwide, Bloomsbury, Grolier, Helicon, Macmillan, Oxford University Press, and Penguin.