Dr Caitlin Stobie

Dr Caitlin Stobie


I joined the University of Leeds as Lecturer in Creative Writing and Programme Leader for the BA English Literature with Creative Writing in 2022. Previously I worked as a Wellcome-funded postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds, where I also completed my PhD in English Literature. 

Awards and nominations

  • Authors’ Foundation Grant, Society of Authors
  • 3rd Prize (Poetry), Hammond House International Literary Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize
  • Shortlisted for the RædLeaf International Poetry Award 
  • Heather Drummond Memorial Prize for Poetry
  • 1st Prize (Short Stories), Douglas Livingstone Creative Writing Competition


  • Programme Leader, BA English Literature with Creative Writing
  • Practice Research Group Leader

Research interests

I am an author of fiction, poetry and criticism. My debut poetry collection, Thin Slices, is published by Verve Poetry Press (2022). Abortion Ecologies in Southern African Fiction is published by Bloomsbury Academic (2023). My latest book is a collaborative short story collection with Kharys Ateh Laue, titled The Smell of Blood and Other Stories (forthcoming with Karavan Press in 2024).

My research interests include interdisciplinary collaborations between the arts & sciences and creative health, as demonstrated by my collaboration on the Leeds Creative Labs with Professor Paul Beales. Please see my ‘areas of expertise’ for a breakdown of my specialist genres & themes. 

I am a member of the editorial team at Stand, Leeds’s international literary journal. 

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  • PhD English Literature
  • MA Critical Theory
  • BA (Hons) English Literature

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of Advance HE
  • Society of Authors
  • National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Student education

I am Programme Leader for the BA English Literature with Creative Writing (2022–25) and a PhD supervisor in Creative Writing. I would welcome practice-based PGR applications in areas related to my specialisms. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Medical Humanities Research Group
  • Environmental Humanities Research Group
  • Poetry Centre
  • Creative Writing at Leeds

Current postgraduate researchers

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