Profile of Dr Kathy Hopewell
- Dr Kathy Hopewell
- Part-time tutor
- Room 315 New Arts
I have been teaching at Bangor University since 1989 when I established the first literature classes for what was then the Department of Extra Mural Studies (now the School of Lifelong Learning). I gained my doctorate in 2004 from Liverpool University, a study of the influence of film on the work of H.D., and went on to direct both the undergraduate degree in Literature with Creative Writing and the MA in Women’s Studies at Lifelong Learning in Bangor, but subsequently chose to step down from my full time post to devote time to writing fiction. My chief professional aim has always been to develop and deliver inspiring courses on literary topics that are flexible and enjoyable as well as academically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated.
Since 2012 I have been dividing my time between the School of English Literature, where I supervise final-year creative writing dissertation students, and the School of Lifelong Learning, where I supervise and teach postgraduate students and run creative writing modules. I have supported postgraduate projects on diverse subjects such as films noir, embroidery and detective fiction, and the modules I teach within the Women’s Studies programme include “Writing Women,” which builds on feminist textual critique to include autobiographical criticism, and “Women and the Arts,” a wide-ranging module looking at gender across fine art, film and mass media.
My current creative writing modules are “Writing Short Stories” and “Freewriting and Rewriting,” an innovative course employing and critiquing the popular practice of automatic writing and placing it in its original, Surrealist, context.
I have completed a novel about the women Surrealists, which was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2016. I am now writing a second novel about the feminist theatre movement during the Thatcher years. I also perform spoken-word pieces with my partner, David Hopewell (a sound artist and musician), and our track on the compilation Swooshed has been played on Radio Cymru and Radio Three’s Late Junction. Bangor Community Choir has performed settings of my compositions. I blog at www.freewriterscompanion.com
Publications and Conference Papers
- Entries on “E.M. Hull,” “Iris Barry,” “Brows” and “Cinema” in Encyclopaedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
- “‘The Leaven, Regarding the Lump’: gender and elitism in H.D.’s writing on the cinema” Feminist Media Studies 5.2 (2005): 163-176.
- “‘Highbrows’ and ‘Savages’: Writing on Film by Virginia Woolf and H.D.” Voyages Out, Voyages Home, Eleventh Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of Wales, Bangor, 2001.
- “Lady Writes the Blues: Call and Response in the Poetry of Afro-American Women” Equal Opportunities International 19.2/3/4 (2000): 93-102.
- “Reading the Diary of a Lost Girl: H.D.’s Nights and Dreyer’s Joan of Arc” Literature and Visual Technologies Conference, St. John’s College, Oxford, 2000.
- Higher Education Tutor of the Year 2008, NIACE Dysgu Cymru Inspire Adult Tutor and Mentor Awards.