Ms Kim Sherwood

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons); MA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84557

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of the West of England.

Testament, my debut novel, is the lead literary title for riverrun/Quercus, and Hachette International Pick, for 2018. Testament won the 2016 Bath Novel Award, and was chosen in proof form as one of three best books of 2017 by Amit Chaudhuri, who called it: 'Beautiful, subtle, elegiac.' Heather Morris has called it: 'Compelling, moving and ultimately uplifting.' Booker-winning translator and poet George Szirtes called Testament  'masterfully composed and ambitious'. Patrick Gale called 'it An extraordinary book; sad but optimistic, that enshrines the human spirit.'

Tackling themes of memory, identity, and the trans-generational legacy of the Holocaust, Testament has been called 'moving and vivid' by The Sunday Times, and 'Powerful and moving... Hugely poignant, beautifully written' by The Independent.

The Irish Times said: 'Kim Sherwood's poetic fiction looks at history's impact and the morality of forgetting . . . Her writing is elegant and highly effective. This novel explores big ideas - some of the biggest ideas there are - but its power as a work of fiction lies in the personal . . . Sherwood pulls the threads of her narrative together with great skill to deliver a sad and beautiful book.' The Sydney Morning Herald called it 'a sensitive and searching novel... [that] scales a mountain of repressed emotion and feels drawn from life.'‚Äč Testament received a five star review from The Skinny.
I am represented by Conville and Walsh. My fiction and creative-critical essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Mslexia, Going Down Swinging, Lighthouse Journal, and Belleville Park Pages

I have taught literature and creative writing for over five years at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, first at the University of East Anglia, and then at the University of Sussex, before coming to the University of the West of England in 2016. 

I recently contributed to a roundtable discussion on Creative Histories at the University of Bristol, and a conference on Georgette Heyer at University College London. 

Area of expertise

Fiction; Narrative Non-Fiction; Creative-Critical Writing


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