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Dr Sonia Overall


School of Humanities & Educational Studies

I am a published writer and psychogeographer, and currently the Course Director for MA Creative Writing.

My role at CCCU involves teaching at BA and MA level, postgraduate supervision, research, leadership and administration. I am a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and presently the Course Director for subject's taught MA course.

My teaching focuses on the study and creation of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and experimental writing. I previously taught at the University of Kent and Open University, and have worked for CCCU since 2014.

I write fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, performance text and experimental forms. My writing and research draw strongly on walking practices, psychogeography and place-based methods.

I have a keen interest in the development of new methodologies for creative writing and walking, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects and participatory research.

I am interested in supervising practice research students using creative writing in new ways. I would particularly welcome proposals from research students interested in experimental approaches to form or voice; walking and psychogeography; pilgrimage; real and imagined landscapes; place and identity; folk horror, hauntology, and the eerie and uncanny.

Research Projects

  • Historical Creative Writing. Researcher(s): Miss Elizabeth Waterman-Scrase. Supervisor(s): Dr Sonia Overall, Professor Carolyn Oulton. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • Tabletop Role-Playing Game (TTRPG) as a form of literature.. Researcher(s): Mr Joe Arnaud. Supervisor(s): Professor Alan Meades, Dr Sonia Overall, Dr Magz Hall. [Postgraduate Research Project]
  • The Pilgrim-Writer: The transformative potential of the language arts and pilgrimage – an embodied investigation of self, drawing on theory and practice, including my own direct experience of contemporary pilgrimage and ‘languaging’.. Researcher(s): Ms Victoria Field. Supervisor(s): Dr Sonia Overall, Professor Carolyn Oulton. [Postgraduate Research Project (past)]

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). I am also a member of the Thread and Word artist collective, the International Walking Artists Network, and founder of the Women Who Walk Network for walking creatives and academics.