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Personal profile


Judith Bryan's first novel won the 1997 Saga Prize (Bernard and the Cloth Monkey, Flamingo HarperCollins (1998)

Other publications include:
'Randall and Sons' in Closure, ed Ross and Sesay, London: Peepal Tree, 2015 - short story

'Making them laugh, making them cry: theatre's role in challenging history' in Challenging History In The Museum, ed Kidd et al. Surrey: Ashgate, 2014 - chapter

'The Evolution of Black London' in Black British Writing, ed R.V. Arana. US: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - chapter

'Kittens', in Sable, Issue 3, Spring/Summer, 2003 - short story

The Bluff, in Sable, Issue 3, Spring/Summer, 2003 - novel extract

'Deliverance',  in Gas and Air: Stories of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, ed Dawson and Daly. London: Bloomsbury, 2002 - memoir

'Llandovery Mountain', in IC3: New Black British Writing ,ed Newland and Sesay, Penguin 2000 - poem 

'The Roaring Man', in Afrobeat, ed P. Antoine, Pulp Faction 1999 - short story
Ribs, short story in Writing Women, Vol 13, Issue 2 (1998)

Her play, Keeping Mum was produced at Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, for WriteNow2 Festival of new writing, 2008

Office hours: by appointment


BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (Sheffield City Polytecnhic)

MA Writing for Performance, Goldsmiths (University of London)

Senior Fellow HEA


Specialisms: short narrative forms; novel plotting and novel writing; Black British writing; African Writers in Britain, 1760-1890.

Programme Convenor MA Creative Writing, 2012-2016

External positions

External Examiner (BA Programmes Creative Writing and English & Creative Writing), Birkbeck, University of London

Sep 2017 → …

Research Output

Randall and Sons

Bryan, J., 2015, Closure. London: Peepal Tree

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Never Never play

Bryan, J., 2015, (Unpublished) Unknown Publisher.

Research output: Other contribution

Making them laugh, making them cry: Theatre's role in challenging history

Bryan, J., 2014, Challenging History in the Museum. Kidd, J., Cairns, S., Drago, A. & Ryall, A. (eds.). Ashgate, p. 59-70

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

After the Ball

Bryan, J., 2013

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Keeping Mum

Bryan, J., 2011

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Alfred Fagon Award (runner up)

Judith Bryan (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Arts Council Grant - 'time to write' and professional development

Judith Bryan (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Betty Trask Grant

Judith Bryan (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Hawthornden Fellowship

Judith Bryan (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

London Arts Board Award

Judith Bryan (Recipient), 1999

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

African people in Britain, 1560 to now: an illustrated reading list.

Judith Bryan (Invited speaker)

17 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

'God of Thunder: The Remarkable Testimony of Shango Cans'

Judith Bryan (Invited speaker)

5 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Wimbledon Book Fest (Literature Festival)

Judith Bryan (Invited speaker)

14 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference