Mr Robert Francis

Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing and PhD Researcher

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323452 Location: MX Building, MX103 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: - School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Creative Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Regional Writing (Black Country)


R. M. Francis is a writer from the Black Country. He graduated from Teesside University with distinction in his Creative Writing MA and is currently researching his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton. His work has been published in many online and print publications. His first Chapbook collection, Transitions, was published by The Black Light Engine Room in 2015. His second, Orpheus, was published with Lapwing Publications (2016), and his third, Corvus' Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All, will be out withThe Black Light Engine room in 2018. His first full collection has been accepted by Smokestack Books.

Research interests

  • Regional (Black Country) writing
  • Queer Theory, Gender and Sexuality studies
  • Freudian and Post-Freudian Psychoanalysis - the uncanny, abjection, Lacan’s Lamella
  • Creative Writing practices, skills and techniques
  • Life Writing
  • Postmodernism
  • Horror and Sci-fi

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research


  • BA English Literature - The University of Portsmouth, 2006
  • MA Creative Writing (Distinction) - Teesside University, 2014


  • Transitions, The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2015, ISSN 2059-9935
  • Orpheus, Lapwing Publications, 2016, ISBN 978-1-910855-37-9
  • Absent Ginsberg: Anthology, A Swift Exit, 2016, ISBN 978-1-5262-0497-4
  • Three Drops from a Cauldron, Beltane Anthology, ISBN 2017 978-1-326-99929-2
  • R. M. Francis' work has appeared in many online and print magazines including: Agenda, Offi Press, The Journal, Ygdrasil, Awen,

Experience in industry

Rob has been teaching on BA Creative Writing and Humanities modules since academic year 2016/17

He also runs creative writing workshops, having organised a poetry class for Stourbridge Literature Festival and runs a weekly writing group for the charity, Appreciate U.

As a performer he has read work at Stourbridge Literature Festival, Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Artfest 2016 and 2017, as well as regular spoken word events across the UK. 

He is the founder and organiser of monthly poetry event, Permission to Speak, which aims to give up and coming writers the opportunity to share a stage with established acts.

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