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Jason Hewitt Bennett – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Jason Bennett is a Lecturer in Publishing at Bath Spa University. He teaches on PB5003: Contemporary Publishing and PB4001: Copywriting and Text Editing, as well as other modules occasionally across the three-year Publishing course. He has over 15 years’ sales and marketing experience, working across a number of professional and academic publishers, including Pearson Education, Taylor & Francis, Kogan Page, and Cengage Learning, where he was Senior Marketing Manager for five years. He has worked across a range of print and digital products including textbooks, journals, and mass-market non-fiction.

He is also the author of two critically acclaimed novels (as Jason Hewitt). "The Dynamite Room" (2014) was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Writing and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. "Devastation Road" (2015) was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. He completed his MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa.

Outside of publishing he is also a playwright and actor. His first full-length play, "Claustrophobia" premiered at Edinburgh Fringe and had a London run at The Hope Theatre in 2015.

He also lectures at Oxford Brookes University and regularly provides workshops at the British Library.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University.

Professional memberships

  • Society of Authors
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Other external roles

  • Treasurer for the Historical Writers' Association.

Areas of expertise

  • Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Academic and professional publishing
  • Fiction.

Research and academic outputs

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Devastation road

Hewitt, J (2015) Devastation road. Simon & Schuster, London. ISBN 9781471127472

The dynamite room

Hewitt, J (2014) The dynamite room. Simon & Schuster, London. ISBN 9781471127427


Hewitt, J (2015) Claustrophobia. Hope Theatre, London, UK, 17 November - 5 December 2015.

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