Dr Naomi Booth

Subject Director: Creative Writing

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

E: n.booth@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876265

Dr Naomi Booth

I am an award-winning writer and academic. I hold a BA Hons (First Class) in English from the University of Cambridge and completed an MA and PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex (AHRC funded), where I previously taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of English. I am a Fellow of the HEA and Coordinator of the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at YSJ. I am External Examiner for the Crime Fiction MA at the University of East Anglia.

I convene and/or teach on the following modules: Forms of Narrative (L1); Writing Fiction (L2); Publishing, Production, Performance (L2); Creative Writing (L3); Gender, Sexualities and Contemporary Culture (L3); The Contemporary Writer (MA); Critical Approaches to Creative Writing (MA); BA Dissertation projects; MA Dissertation projects.


Further Information


I am currently working on a monograph entitled Swoon: The Poetics of Passing Out (forthcoming with Manchester University Press), which explores the literary history of swooning and its relationship to narratives of the body and gender. I have previously published work on the history of female fainting in popular novels; on ecology and literary theory; and on contemporary fiction and point of view.

I also write fiction and my debut novella, The Lost Art of Sinking (Penned in the Margins, June 2015) won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2016 and was selected for New Writing North's Read Regional programme in 2017. My first novel, Sealed (Dead Ink Books, 2017) has been described as an " accomplished, slow-burning meditation on motherhood, pregnancy and love" (The Guardian). My work has been featured in The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, Times Higher Education and on BBC Radio 3. I have previously published short-fiction and my short story "Cluster" was longlisted for the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize 2018. My fiction work is represented by Curtis Brown Agency.

My research interests include: the medical humanities; gender and the body; affect theory; ecology and literature; contemporary literature; critical theory and creative writing. I am currently supervising a creative and critical PhD on uncanny children, and would be happy to consider PhD proposals in my areas of interest.





Sealed (Dead Ink Books, 2017) (Sealed Naomi Booth Review).

The Lost Art of Sinking, shortlisted for the Novella Award 2014 (Penned in the Margins, June 2015) (Lost Art of Sinking Review).

"Optography" (2011); "Compression" (2012); "Tall Tales" (2015) (Brighton: Myriad Editions, Quick Fiction App).

"Localised Quicksand" and "Weather Warning" anthologised in Leaf (Brighton: 2009).


Swoon: The Poetics of Passing Out (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017).


"Dark Ecology and Queer, Amphibious Vampires." UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies. Special issue, From Queer/Nature to Queer Ecologies: Celebrating 20 Years of Scholarship and Creativity 19 (2015) 51-59.

"The Felicity of Falling: Fifty Shades of Grey and the Feminine Art of Sinking." Women: A Cultural Review 26(1-2) (2015) 22-39.

"Restricted View: The Problem of Perspective in the Novels of Ian McEwan." Textual Practice 29(5) (2015) 845-868.

"Bathetic Masochism and the Shrinking Woman." New Formations 83 (2014) 47-64.

Feeling Too Much: The Swoon and the (In)Sensible Woman.Women’s Writing 21(4) (2014) 575-591.


"Good Vibrations: Shaken Subjects and the Disintegrative Romance Heroine". Women and Erotic Fiction: Critical Essays on Genres. Ed. Kristen Phillips (McFarland, 2015).


Naomi has had numerous reviews published in the national press, including: Victoria Glendinning and Judith Robertson's collection of Elizabeth Bowen's letters, Love's Civil War (The Telegraph, March 24, 2010); Claire Harman, Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World (The Telegraph, March 16, 2010); Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army (The Telegraph, April 19, 2008); Charlotte Mendelson, When We Were Bad (The Telegraph, February 2, 2008); Louisa Waugh, Selling Olga: Stories of Human Trafficking and Resistance (The Telegraph, August 18, 2007).

Journalism and Press Interviews

"Giddy heights of research translate into fiction": Interview with Times Higher Education, 4 June 2015.

"The top 10 literary swoons" in The Guardian, 19 June 2015.

"Swoon! The cultural history of an ecstatic phenomenon" in Prospect Magazine, 25 June 2015. 

Interview with Ian Macmillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3, June 6, 2015

"What Exactly is a Novella?", guest blog post for www.lisamgott.com, 8 April 2016.

Selected keynotes and invited talks

  • “Dizzy Heights,” keynote speaker at the (Re)Writing Yorkshire series, hosted by The Leeds Library and Leeds Beckett University (February 2016)
  • “The Poetics of Passing Out,” invited talk and workshop at Lancaster University (February 2016)
  • “The Poetics of Passing Out,” invited talk at Nottingham Trent University (January 2016)
  • “Time-travelling swoons: Fifty Shades of Grey and the desire to fall backwards,” invited public keynote lecture as part of the Talking Literature, Talking Theory series at York St John University (October 2015)
  • The Lost Art of Sinking, public reading and discussion, York Literature Festival (October 2015)
  • The Lost Art of Sinking, public reading and discussion at Waterstones Piccadilly (June 2015)
  • BBC Radio York, invited speaker on contemporary erotic fiction, York Literature Festival (March 2014)
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