Kachi A. Ozumba


Kachi A. Ozumba
New Arts 317

Kachi Ozumba taught at Teesside University and Newcastle University (where he completed his PhD) before joining Bangor University.

Enjoys teaching

Creative writing, the interface between critical and creative practice, modern literature.

Research Interests

My research interests include creative writing (prose), the interface between critical and creative practice, the writing life and craft, comparative literature, African literature, literatures of incarceration and human rights, multiculturalism and transcultural writing, Diasporic writing, postcolonialism.

Selected Publications

The Shadow of a Smile (Richmond: Alma Books, 2009).

  • Translated into German and Turkish.
  • Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place. Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and featured among The Observer Books of the Year 2009.

(co-ed with Anderson, L. R.) Writers in Audience. In Preparation. (2012)

“The One-Armed Thief”, in Clare West (ed), A Time of Waiting: Stories from Around the World. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

(co-ed. with Kay, J.) Crossing the Lines: New Writing by International Students (Newcastle: Flambard Press, 2011).

“Snow” (BBC Radio 3, 2010).

“Gay Kay”, The London Magazine, Oct/Nov 2010, 100-112.

“Police and Thieves”, Wasafiri -The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, 24 .2 (2009), 69-74.

“The Police is your Friend”, PEN International, 59.1 (2009), 9-12.

Support for Other’s Research and Writing

  • Currently supervising 4 PhD students.
  • PhD examiner / assessor (at various universities.
  • Co-founder of the UK International Students Short Story Prize run by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). The prize aims to attract outstanding work which explores the experience of international students living and studying in the UK and to give students an opportunity to assess and translate their experience creatively. Co-edited Crossing the Lines: New Writing by International Students (Flambard 2011)
  • 2008 – 2010: Subject Editor (Literature) of e-pisteme (a postgraduate journal based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, dedicated to publishing fresh and vibrant research from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers).

Peer Recognition

  • External Examiner, MA in Professional Writing, Falmouth University: 2013-2017.
  • Appointed flash fiction judge for the 2011 Lightship International Literary Competition.
  • Appointed a Judge for the 2010 and 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competitions.
  • Elected a Hawthornden Fellow in 2010.
  • Appointed Writer-in-Residence, 2009 Beverley Literature Festival.
  • Winner (Africa Region), 2009 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
  • Winner, 2006 Arts Council England’s Decibel Penguin Short Story Prize.
  • Have been invited to give readings and to feature at discussions at BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3 Freethinking Festival of Ideas, LiteraturHaus Graz, Austria; University of Dusseldorf, Germany; Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Edinburgh Literature Festival, among many others.
  • Overseas Research Scholarship Award: 2007-2010”

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