Celia Brayfield

Personal statement

I am a novelist, non-fiction author and cultural commentator. My writing career spans contemporary social novels, international bestsellers, biography, travel memoir and writing pedagogy, as well as criticism and journalism. Particular interests include psychogeography, women's writing and women's lives and the reimagining of gendered narratives in classic texts. At Bath Spa, I teach principally in the MA and PhD programmes, and specialise in historical fiction.

A former Head of Subject and MA Convenor, I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and HEA Champion and Assessor, committed to high standards in learning and teaching and to the development of creative writing pedagogy.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Creative Writing - Brunel University, London
  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

  • The Society of Authors

Other external roles

At national level, I am involved in the development of Creative Writing as a university subject and was a member of the QAA Benchmark Group in 2015/6.

I am currently (2018) Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education, (NAWE), which is the subject association for Creative Writing.  I was a launch editor of Writing In Practice, the international peer-reviewed journal of Creative Writing and remain a peer-reviewer and member of the editorial board. 

Areas of expertise

  • Fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Life-writing
  • Travel writing
  • Feature journalism.


  • Advisor to the Bridport Literary Festival
  • Public Masterclasses
    • Bridport Literary Festival, Lifewriting
    • Novel Nights Bristol, Historical Fiction, 2017
    • Bloomsbury Institute:Historical Fiction, 2014
    • National Archives, Kew: Writing Fiction from Family History, 2014
    • The Guardian
    • Writing Fiction From Family History, 2013

Research supervision

Get in touch with Celia if you are interested in pursuing a postgraduate research degree in one or more of the following subjects: 

  • Novels
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Feminism and women's writing
  • Historical fiction
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Genre fiction and travel writing.

Editorial and Journalism

  • Writing In Practice, International Journal of Creative Writing, published by NAWE – launch editor 2014 and peer-reviewer, ongoing.
  • Guest editor, Mslexia, 2013
  • New Writing, Vol 6, No 3, November 2009 - Routledge edited a special edition dedicated to my department at Brunel University London.
  • Travel writing reviewer, The Times, ongoing from 2004.

Numerous published articles for The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the New Statesman and Prospect among many other media.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Rebel writers: the accidental feminists

Brayfield, C (2019) Rebel writers: the accidental feminists. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781448217496

Writing historical fiction : a writers' and artists' companion

Brayfield, C and Sprott, D (2014) Writing historical fiction : a writers' and artists' companion. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781780937854

Arts reviews... and how to write them

Brayfield, C (2008) Arts reviews... and how to write them. Kamera Books, Harpenden. ISBN 9781904048916

Wild weekend

Brayfield, C (2004) Wild weekend. Time Warner, London. ISBN 9780751535280

Deep France: a writer's year in the Béarn

Brayfield, C (2004) Deep France: a writer's year in the Béarn. Pan Macmillan, London. ISBN 9780330411820

Mister Fabulous and friends

Brayfield, C (2003) Mister Fabulous and friends. Time Warner, London. ISBN 9780751531381


Brayfield, C (2000) Heartswap. Little Brown, London. ISBN 9780316851831


Brayfield, C (1999) Sunset. Little Brown, London. ISBN 9780316646864

Getting home

Brayfield, C (1998) Getting home. Little Brown and Co, London. ISBN 9780316642460

Bestseller: secrets of successful writing

Brayfield, C (1996) Bestseller: secrets of successful writing. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9781857023831


Brayfield, C (1995) Harvest. Viking, London. ISBN 9780670841011

White ice

Brayfield, C (1993) White ice. Viking, London. ISBN 9780670841004

The prince

Brayfield, C (1990) The prince. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 9780701133573


Brayfield, C (1987) Pearls. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 9780701131074

Glitter: the truth about fame

Brayfield, C (1985) Glitter: the truth about fame. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 9780701127893


Brayfield, C (2005) 'Afterword.' In: They were sisters [by Dorothy Whipple]. Persephone Books, London. ISBN 9781903155462

Carr, Barbara Irene Veronica Comyns [née Barbara Irene Veronica Bayley; pseud. Barbara Comyns]

Brayfield, C (2004) 'Carr, Barbara Irene Veronica Comyns [née Barbara Irene Veronica Bayley; pseud. Barbara Comyns].' In: Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198614111


Brayfield, C (2003) 'Introduction.' In: The house on the strand [by Daphne du Maurier]. Virago, London, xi-xvii. ISBN 9781844080427


Brayfield, C (2000) 'Introduction.' In: Sisters by a river [by Barbara Comyns]. Virago, London. ISBN 9780860684756


Brayfield, C (2000) 'Introduction.' In: Our spoons came from Woolworths [by Barbara Comyns]. Virago, London. ISBN 9780860683537


Brayfield, C (2000) 'Introduction.' In: The vet's daughter [by Barbara Comyns]. Virago, London. ISBN 9780860681632

Hard times

Brayfield, C (2011) 'Hard times.' Mslexia (48).

Babelfish Babylon: teaching creative writing in a multi-literate community

Brayfield, C (2009) 'Babelfish Babylon: teaching creative writing in a multi-literate community.' New Writing, 6 (3). pp. 201-214. ISSN 1479-0726

Creative writing: the frequently asked question

Brayfield, C (2009) 'Creative writing: the frequently asked question.' New Writing, 6 (3). pp. 175-186. ISSN 1479-0726

Abderrazak Benchaabane

Brayfield, C (2008) 'Abderrazak Benchaabane.' Gardens Illustrated (139). p. 54.

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