NRG Staff

Julia Round

Julia Round is Convenor of the Narrative Research Group. She is a senior lecturer in the Media School and edits the academic journal Studies in Comics (Intellect Books). She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) and her research focuses on comics, gothic and adaptation. She has published and presented work internationally on cross-media adaptation, children’s literature, television and discourse analysis, the ‘graphic novel’ redefinition, and the presence of gothic and fantastic motifs and themes in British-American comics. She has recently completed a monograph on comics and the literary gothic (McFarland 2014) and she and Bronwen Thomas co-edited the collection Real Lives Celebrity Stories: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media (Continuum 2014) which featured contributions from several colleagues in NRG.


Bronwen Thomas


Bronwen Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Media School and founder of NRG. She has recently published a book on Fictional Dialogue (Nebraska 2012) and co-edited New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age with Ruth Page (Nebraska 2011). She has contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Narrative and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory and has published widely on digital narratives (fanfiction, hypertext fiction) and screen adaptations of literary texts. Bronwen recently led an AHRC funded project (with Julia Round) called Researching Readers Online and is currently PI for an International Research Network looking at how digitisation is affecting readers and reading (

Bronwen is a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College,  the International Society for the Study of Narrative, the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the European Narratology Network and affiliate member of Project Narrative (Ohio State University, US).


Peri Bradley

Peri Bradley is a lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth University. She has interests and publications in horror, reality TV, 1970s cinema and TV and LGBT culture. Her publications include, ‘Monstrous Makeovers: Transforming ‘Monsters’ into Beauty Queens’ in Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections: Essays on the Monster in Culture, ‘Hideous Sexy – The Eroticised Body and Deformity in 1970s British Horror Films’ in Don’t Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s, ‘“You Are Awful…But I Like You!” The Politics of Camp in 1970s Television’ in British Culture and Society in the 1970s: The Lost Decade, ‘The Exotic Erotic: Queer Representations in the context of post-colonial ethnicity on British TV’ in LGBT Identity in Non Western Worlds, Archival appendix to British Cinema In The 1970s:The Boundaries of Pleasure, ‘Romancing the Soap: Representations of Gay Love and Relationships in EastEnders’ in Queer Love in Film and Television. At present she is working on an edited collection on Food on Screen and a monograph looking at makeover TV and the Carnivalesque – specifically the UK TV personality Gok Wan.


Nick Bamford

Nick Bamford’s academic career was preceded by 35 years’ production work in both television and theatre.  Formerly a BBC Producer he was a freelance Producer/Director for 25 years, and his book Directing Television – A Professional Survival Guide was published by Bloomsbury in May 2012. Theatre work includes running two theatre companies and producing and directing numerous plays.  He has also written several stage and screenplays, including Queer Counsel which played to critical acclaim on its Arts Council–funded tour in 2004.

His current research interest is in adaptation from the practitioner’s viewpoint – in particular the origins and decent of the Madama Butterfly story for his PhD by practice.

Richard Berger 

Richard Berger is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University. His research interests are in the area of media education and literacy. He has published widely on the adaptation of literature, comic books and videogames to film and television. In addition, Richard is an experienced broadcaster and journalist for BBC Online and BBC Radio and is founding editor of The Media Education Research Journal (MERJ).


Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper is a member of The Burney Society, which promotes study and research into the life and work of eighteenth century author Frances Burney.

She is the author of Persuasion and Power: The significance of the mentor in three novels by Frances Burney in A Celebration of Frances Burney edited by Lorna Clark.

She is interested in women’s writing, especially the novel, and is currently researching the representation of widows in literature, culture and media.


Rosie Cullen

Rosie Cullen is a member of the Narratives Research Group, NAWE and the Author’s Licensing Society. She has taught for many years in different areas of creative writing, prose, writing for theatre and screenwriting, both in academic institutions and as a Writer in Residence in prisons and psychiatric institutions. She is a published playwright and has written scripts for film and TV.

She is currently engaged on a multi–stranded epic novel, The Lucky Country, exploring the indigenous and emigrant experience in mid–twentieth century Australia, whilst developing a web based version of the novel which will encourage participants to structure and contribute to the narrative world. At the other end of the scale Rosie has also become hooked on Flash Fiction and in 2012 won the Charleston Small Wonder Festival Short Story Slam.


hywelHywel Dix

Hywel Dix is a specialist in modern and contemporary English literature, critical cultural theory, postcolonial studies and film studies. Having studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and York, he taught English as a foreign language and travelled extensively in Asia and the Far East. From 2003–06 Hywel was Raymond Williams Research Fellow at the University of Glamorgan. This led to the award of a doctoral degree for the thesis Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break–Up of Britain, which was published by the University of Wales Press in 2008. A follow up study entitled Postmodern Fiction and the Break–Up of Britain was published by Continuum in 2010. Hywel is interested in how literature relates to social and political structures and is currently beginning to develop a new research project provisionally entitled Reading, Writing and Republicanism in Britain.


David Fevyer

David Fevyer is currently studying for a PhD at Southampton University. His research examines the narrativising and representation of climate change in contemporary Anglophone literature.

His areas of interest include representations of science in literature, and digital/interactive narratives such as hypertext fictions, cybertexts, and videogame narrative. He is also involved in the development of theory and practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.

BA English (Hons), University of Plymouth, 2000

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Open University, 2005

MA English (Contemporary Fiction), University of Winchester, 2008



simonSimon Frost

Simon Frost is author of Business of a Novel: economics aesthetics and the case of Middlemarch, Pickering and Chatto (2012), and co–editor of Moveable Type, Mobile Nations: Interactions in Transnational Book History (MTP University of Copenhagen press 2010). He is an editorial consultant/board member for Regards croisés sur le monde anglophone and Itinéraires du texte et du livre, both by University of Nancy Press. He has published extensively on the materiality of production and reception of literary texts across the long nineteenth century, and on their contemporary social applications. Simon is also the Director of External Affairs and Executive Board member for SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), and former board member of ESTS (European Society for Textual Studies).

Simon’s research interests include print– and visual–media history; material transmission of knowledge and literature; book history; reading history; commodity readings; 19th– 20th– and 21st–century commodity culture; history of economic discourse; technologies of literature (15th–21st centuries); gender and literary professionalization; textual studies; bibliography; transnationalism; film history; cultural studies and theory; aesthetic theory and analysis; and pictorial analysis.


samSam Goodman

Sam Goodman is a lecturer in Linguistics at Bournemouth University. He completed his PhD at the University of Exeter in 2012, which focused on popular fiction of the post-Second World War period and analysed the representation of anxieties over British identity, space and power in the fiction of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John le Carré. He also has research interests in critical theory and medical humanities and is the editor of Violence & the Limits of Representation (Palgrave 2013) with Graham Matthews, and of Medicine, Health & the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities (Routledge 2013) with Victoria Bates and Alan Bleakley. He is currently researching an interdisciplinary study of colonial medicine and the Anglo-Indian novel c. 1950-1990 in which he explores the connections between narrative fiction and the history of the British Empire.


Trevor Hearing

Trevor Hearing 2013Trevor Hearing is undertaking a practice-based PhD, making a performative, investigative documentary about the early history of the nuclear bomb as a model of academic reflective practice, exploring how new methods of performative investigation and reflection might be developed using screen media. A second research interest involves experimenting with the use of ‘glimpse’ media on public transport as a form of hyperlocal silent storytelling. Prior to his academic career, Trevor worked in television for 20 years as a television cameraman, researcher, film researcher, producer, director, writer and executive producer, making programmes for ITV, BBC and Channel Four. He made programmes across a wide range of genres from Harry Secombe’s Highway to ITV’s true-crime drama series Crimestory.


Helen Jacey

Helen Jacey is Programme Co–ordinator for MA Scriptwriting and a screenwriter who has developed numerous projects for UK an international producers, as well as acting as a story consultant and trainer.  Her screenwriting guide The Woman in the Story: Creating Memorable Female Characters, is the first to explore the development of female characters in screenwriting. Alongside her interest in gender and screenwriting, Helen’s current research interests are screenwriting and genre (in particular comedy, biopic and crime), and the role of the screenwriter and screenplay in the film production process. She is currently co–writing a book on screenwriting and romantic comedy as a meta genre.


kipKip Jones

Kip Jones BA MSc PhD is Reader in Performative Social Science (PSS) at The Media School and the School of Health & Social Care at Bournemouth University. PSS uses tools from the Arts & Humanities in researching and/or disseminating Social Science subjects.

Jones is also a published expert in the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method. His use of the Method grew out a love of watching, listening to and telling stories. In addition, Jones has produced films, videos and audio productions, written many articles for academic journals and authored chapters in books on Performative Social Science and narrative methods.

Jones acted as Executive Producer and Author of the award-winning short film Rufus Stone (2011). This effort is the main output of a three-year New Dynamics of Ageing research project that explored the biographies of older gay and lesbian citizens and their experiences of rural living in Britain. This professionally made film was created by means of a unique collaboration between the director, Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel), and Jones.

Jones’ work has been reported widely in the media, including: BBC Radio 4, BBC TV news, Times Higher Education, Sunday New York Times, International Herald-Tribune and The Independent.


shaunShaun Kimber

Shaun Kimber teaches media theory on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Media School. His teaching links directly to narrative when considering transmedia narratives and the narrative construction of violent attractions. Shaun’s research interests include the role of narrative alongside genre and style in the production, circulation, reception and consumption of film and media texts… particularly violent, controversial and transgressive ones.



Phil Mathews, BA MA

Phil Mathews is a member of the Narratives Research Group and the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain.

He is currently undertaking a practice–based PhD in the area of screenwriting, concerned with the limitations of character arcs in romance narratives.

Phil is interested in world cinema, genre developments in romance, road movies, sci–fi, and horror, screenwriting theory and formats.

He can be reached at


Dr James Pope BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD

Dr James Pope teaches English literature, narrative theory, and creative writing across several degrees in the Media School.

His research interests are in the area of new–media narrative, reader–response studies, and children’s literature.

He is currently developing a software package for interactive writing, the aim of which is to offer an accessible platform for ‘non–technical’ creative writers. He is also working on an original interactive fiction. He has published six novels for teenagers.


Chris Pullen

Christopher Pullen is the author of Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (McFarland, 2007) and Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (Palgrave, 2012). He is the editor of LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media (Palgrave 2012), and the co-editor of LGBT Identity and Online New Media (Routledge, 2010) and Queer Love in Television and Film (Palgrave, 2013). His current research in progress includes – a funded research project examining secondary school student responses to media, foregrounding the education of social and sexual diversity in relation to discouraging bullying, and an edited collection entitled Queer Youth and Media Cultures.


Mark Readman 

Mark Readman is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Education in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University Media School. His doctoral research focused on discourses of creativity, and he is the author of ‘Teaching Scriptwriting, Screenplays and Storyboards for Film and TV Production’ (BFI, 2003). He has also worked as a script editor, dabbled in screenwriting and is interested in the relationship between knowledge and practice.


Emma Scattergood


As a journalist, Emma started her career at Reuters, but then decided to specialise in magazines and has since worked for most of the major publishing houses, including Hearst UK, Bauer and IPC, in both a senior staff and a freelance capacity. She has written for many national publications, including the Daily Mail, The Times, Easy Living, Coast, House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping. Meanwhile, as an author, Emma has also had seven books published to date on a range of topics. These experiences inform her teaching, as well as her MA in Critical and Creative Writing, which she completed in 2013. Emma has recently set up Fresher Publishing ( providing a platform for the best new writing and featuring work by many of our current students and staff.

Chindu Sreedharan

Chindu Sreedharan is interested in creative non–fiction – on– and off–line.

Formerly associate editor to and India Abroad, he has dabbled in literary journalism for more than a decade, as staff writer, features editor and online serial editor.

He holds a PhD in war reportage and is fascinated by experiential journalism, including classic and contemporary narratives of conflicts

Chindu co–edits Interjunction, an online forum to foster media–academia interaction. He is a reviewer for the Media, War & Conflict journal, serves on the advisory panel of the Media and Inner World, and blogs at

Sue Sudbury

Sue Sudbury has directed a number of award winning documentary films for British television. Most recently, she has produced and directed a film for Aljazeera English and is exec producing a Cutting Edge for Channel 4.

She is also a practice based researcher and PhD student, working on a participatory film with a group of women in rural India. She sits on the Advisory Committee of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and is developing new films in Russia and India.