Anthony Nanson

Personal Statement

Anthony Nanson has taught creative writing at Bath Spa University since 2001. He is the author of two collections of stories – Exotic Excursions and award-winning Gloucestershire Folk Tales – and Deep Time, his epic novel of prehistory.

He has performed and taught widely as a storyteller in Britain and abroad and is a founding member of the performance company Fire Springs. His critical writing on the practice of storytelling includes Storytelling and Ecology, award-winning Words of Re-enchantment, and (as coeditor) Storytelling for a Greener World. He has worked as an editor for a number of publishers and was for several years editor of the arts magazine Artyfact. Previously he was a science teacher in Kenya, executive officer of a peace studies project, and a fairground roustabout in the United States. A love of nature and the spirit of place informs all his work.


Professional Qualifications

  • MA Natural Sciences, Girton College Cambridge
  • MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
  • PGCE, Homerton College Cambridge
  • PGDip Publishing, Watford College (Longman Award for Best Student)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UKI)
  • British Science Fiction Association
  • Equity
  • Society for Storytelling
  • Society of Authors

Other External Roles

  • Facilitation of creative workshops (inter alia): Alec Hunter Humanities College, Beaufort Community School, Bishops Wood Centre, Brockworth Enterprise School, C.S. Lewis Summer Institute, Helsinki School of Natural Sciences, Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre, King's School Worcestor, Lee Abbey, Olympus Centre for Environmental Education, Othona Community, Sampola School Tampere, University of Bath, University of Gloucestershire, University of Wales Aberystwyth, WWF-Greece, WWF-UK
  • Manuscript consultant: Literary Consultancy
    Story consultant: Gyroscopic Productions
  • Founder of Bath Storytelling Circle, 1999-2003
    Co-founder of Fire Springs, from 2000
    Co-founder of Stroud Storytelling Cabaret, 2011-2013
    Appeared on BBC1 Points West and Songs of Praise
  • Storytelling at arts centres, bookshops, cafes, camps, castles, charities, churches, clubs, conferences, festivals, fetes, galleries, gatherings, libraries, museums, parties, retreat centres, schools, theatres, universities, weddings, and woods. Clients include(among many others): Arnolfini, Bath Literature Festival, Berkeley Castle, Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Big Green Gathering, Bonn Central Library, Boscombe Arts Festival, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Exmouth Festival, Forestry Commission, National Trust, Olympus Storytelling Festival, Twist in the Tale Storytelling Festival, Waterstones, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Publishing clients (inter alia): Awen, Blackwell, Brill, Elsevier, Geological Society, Ginn, Hawthorn Press, Lion, Martin Dunitz, Nelson Thornes, Oneworld, Oxford University Press, Royal Mail Consulting, Taylor and Francis
  • Member of Editorial Board of Logos: Journal of the World Publishing Community, from 2013
    Storytelling Series Editor, Hawthorn Press, from 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing and Storytelling 

Research and academic outputs

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Deep time

Nanson, A (2015) Deep time. Hawthorn Press, Stroud. ISBN 9781907359590

"The future has gone bad; we need a new one": neoliberal science fiction and the writing of ecotopian possibility

Nanson, A (2020) '"The future has gone bad; we need a new one": neoliberal science fiction and the writing of ecotopian possibility.' In: Molthan-Hill, P, Luna, H, Wall, T, Puntha, H and Baden, D, eds. Storytelling for sustainability in higher education: an educator's handbook. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 130-142. ISBN 9780367260262

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