Kate Pullinger

Personal statement

At Bath Spa University, Kate Pullinger is the Director of the university-wide strategy research centre, the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI). Kate Pullinger is co-investigator on the South West Creative Technology Network, a three year, £6.5m project (2018-2021) funded by Research England; she is also co-investigator on the Bristol + Bath Creative Research and Development Partnership, a four and a half year, £9m AHRC-funded creative industries cluster project (2018-2023). Within the cluster, Kate leads on the current pathfinder, Amplified Publishing, a year-long R+D about the future of publishing across games, books, online, VR/AR, and audio. From spring 2021, Kate will be co-investigator on the £30m, four and a half year Strength in Places Research Project, My World.

In addition, Kate is the academic lead on Bath Spa's first step into the enterprise and innovation space and our town-centre hub, The Studio at Palace Yard Mews. The Studio provides space for micro-businesses working in the broad field of creative technology.

Professor Pullinger was previously the co-investigator on the two-year AHRC- funded research project, Ambient Literature, a collaboration with UWE, the University of Birmingham, and the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol (2016-18). She has a cohort of Creative Writing and Digital Media PhD students. Kate is also the co-editor of The Writing Platform, a website aimed at giving neutral advice and informed opinion about digital transformations in publishing, reading, and writing, to established and emerging writers, co-sponsored by Bath Spa and the Queensland University of Technology.

Kate Pullinger writes novels, short stories, and digital fiction, including multimedia interactive collaborative works. Her most recent novel, Forest Green was published by Doubleday Canada in August 2020. A ghost story for the smartphone that personalises itself to every reader, Breathe, was a collaboration with Editions at Play and the Ambient Literature Research Project; it was shortlisted for the 2018 New Media Writing Prize. Jellybone, a media-rich novel for smartphones, was published in autumn 2017 (Oolipo). Her novel, Landing Gear was published in 2014 (Doubleday Random House/ Touchstone Simon and Schuster); it was longlisted for Canada Reads in 2016. The novel expands and augments the story of her digital work, Flight Paths. The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 2009, Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary prize; it was longlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. See Kate's website for her other books and works of digital media.

In 2014, Kate Pullinger created a digital war memorial to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One. Letter to an Unknown Soldier, co-created by theatre-maker and novelist Neil Bartlett, invited people to write a letter to the unknown soldier who stands on Platform One of Paddington Station. More than 22,000 people responded and all their letters are collected on the WWI Centenary Art Commissions website. An edited selection of the letters was published in book form the same year.

Her digital fiction, Inanimate Alice, has won numerous prizes and accolades and has become a leading title in the field of digital literacy and pedagogy; episode six, The Last Gas Station, won Honorable Mention for The Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature in 2016.

Kate Pullinger grew up in Canada, dropped out of McGill University when she was 19, then travelled, read, wrote, and started a family before re-entering academic life in 2007 when she became a Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, where she completed a PhD by Published Works. Kate has been at Bath Spa University since 2012.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD by Published Works - De Montfort University

Professional memberships

  • Society of Authors; The Writers' Union of Canada
  • Editorial Director of The Writing Platform, a website for writers that focuses on the intersection of creative writing and technology 
  • Member of the Steering Group for MaMSIE, a cross-disclipinary research network; member of the Editorial Board of MaMSIE's peer-reviewed e-journal, Studies in the Maternal 
  • Former Chair of the Board of NOT SHUT UP, a magazine and arts academy for prisoners.

External examiners

PhDs examined

  • 2017 Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Transmedia Fiction
  • 2016 University of Kent, Creative Writing
  • 2016 Manchester Metropolitan University, Digital Writing
  • 2015 Southampton University, Creative Writing
  • 2014 Open University, Creative Writing
  • 2013 Curtin University, Australia, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • 2013 Goldsmiths University, Creative Writing
  • 2013 Southampton University, Creative Writing
  • 2012 Southampton University, Creative Writing
  • 2012 Goldsmiths University, Media Arts
  • 2011 Goldsmiths University, Media Arts
  • 2009 Southampton University, Creative Writing

Other external roles

Kate is a regular speaker and participant at future of publishing and future of the book conferences in the UK as well as internationally. She has made appearances at many book festivals, including Books in Browsers in San Francisco, the Edinburgh International Festival, International Festival of Authors Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, Brisbane and Melbourne. She has taught for Arvon regularly, and runs writing workshops for the British Council, most recently in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Morocco.

Teaching specialisms

  • Creative writing (the novel, short stories), creative writing and digital media (ambient literature, digital fiction, new hybrid forms of story-telling, collaborative multimedia fiction, networked novels, participatory fiction, electronic literature, transmedia storytelling, hybrid publishing)
  • Projects with students include 'A Million Penguins', the Penguin UK/DMU wiki-novel (2007) and the recent collaboration with if:book Australia, Queensland Writers Centre, and Queensland University of Technology, Memory Makes Us
  • 'Letter to an Unknown Soldier' employed a team of eight Bath Spa students as Editorial Moderators during the summer of 2014.

Current scholarship

  • Kate is currently writing a novel about a logger and his family, set in British Columbia, Canada, commissioned by Doubleday, Penguin Random House Canada (2020)
  • November 2013 saw the premiere, at the National Theatre of Slovakia in Bratislava, of Kate's libretto for the opera 'Dorian Gray', based on the novel by Oscar Wilde.

Research supervision

Completions:

  • Dr Susan McMillan
  • Dr Heather Sharfeddin
  • Dr Jennifer Militello
  • Dr Lisa Gee
  • Dr Kayt Lackie
  • Dr Chris Meade
  • Dr Tania Hershman
  • Dr Rachael Hanel

Current PhD students:

  • Christine Wilks
  • Lucy English
  • Rob Sherman
  • Alastair Horne
  • Alison Bown
  • Gillian Johnson

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices
book

Abba, T, Dovey, J and Pullinger, K, eds. (2020) Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. ISBN 9783030414559


Forest green
book

Pullinger, K (2020) Forest green. Doubleday Canada, Toronto. ISBN 9780385683043


Breathe
book

Pullinger, K (2018) Breathe. Ambient Literature.


Jellybone
book

Pullinger, K (2017) Jellybone. Oolipo, Berlin.


Letter to an unknown soldier
book

Pullinger, K and Bartlett, N (2014) Letter to an unknown soldier. William Collins, Harper Collins, London. ISBN 9780008116842


Landing gear: a novel
book

Pullinger, K (2014) Landing gear: a novel. Touchstone Books, New York: London. ISBN 9781476751375


Once upon a time there was a traveller
book

Pullinger, K (2013) Once upon a time there was a traveller. Virago Press, London. ISBN 9781844086849


A curious dream: collected works
book

Pullinger, K (2011) A curious dream: collected works. McArthur & Co., Toronto. ISBN 9781770870321


Something was there
book

Pullinger, K (2011) Something was there. Virago Press, London. ISBN 9781844086832


Lifelines
book

Pullinger, K and Joseph, C (2010) Lifelines. Rising Stars. ISBN 9781846806377


Waving at the gardener
book

Pullinger, K (2009) Waving at the gardener. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9780747598763


The mistress of nothing
book

Pullinger, K (2009) The mistress of nothing. Serpent's Tail, London. ISBN 9781846687112


A little stranger
book

Pullinger, K (2004) A little stranger. McArthur & Co., Toronto. ISBN 9781852424879


Weird sister
book

Pullinger, K (1999) Weird sister. McArthur & Co., Toronto. ISBN 9781552780855


My life as a girl in a men's prison
book

Pullinger, K (1997) My life as a girl in a men's prison. Phoenix House, London. ISBN 9781861590244


The last time I saw Jane
book

Pullinger, K (1996) The last time I saw Jane. Orion. ISBN 9781897580844


Where does kissing end?
book

Pullinger, K (1992) Where does kissing end? Serpent's Tail. ISBN 9781852422776


Tiny lies
book

Pullinger, K (1988) Tiny lies. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224025607


'The cartographer’s confession': an artist interview with James Attlee
book_section

Pullinger, K and Attlee, J (2020) ''The cartographer’s confession': an artist interview with James Attlee.' In: Abba, T, Dovey, J and Pullinger, K, eds. Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 187-197. ISBN 9783030414559


'It must have been dark by then': an artist interview with Duncan Speakman
book_section

Pullinger, K and Speakman, D (2020) ''It must have been dark by then': an artist interview with Duncan Speakman.' In: Abba, T, Dovey, J and Pullinger, K, eds. Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 103-113. ISBN 9783030414559


'Breathe': an artist interview with Kate Pullinger
book_section

Dovey, J and Pullinger, K (2020) ''Breathe': an artist interview with Kate Pullinger.' In: Abba, T, Dovey, J and Pullinger, K, eds. Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 263-274. ISBN 9783030414559


Inanimate Alice: how we accidentally created a digital story for schools
book_section

Pullinger, K (2015) 'Inanimate Alice: how we accidentally created a digital story for schools.' In: Manresa, M and Real, N, eds. Digital literature for children: texts, readers and educational practices. Peter Lang, Brussels, pp. 213-220. ISBN 9782875742728


A serious arteriopath
book_section

Pullinger, K (2012) 'A serious arteriopath.' In: Van Luven, L and Page, K, eds. In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body. Brindle & Glass. ISBN 9781926972091


Transliteracy as a unifying perspective
book_section

Pullinger, K, Thomas, S, Joseph, C, Laccetti, J, Mason, B and Perril, S (2011) 'Transliteracy as a unifying perspective.' In: Hatzipanagos, S and Warburton, S, eds. Handbook of research on social software and developing community ontologies. Information Science Reference, London, pp. 448-465. ISBN 9781605662084


Digital fiction: from the page to the screen
book_section

Pullinger, K (2008) 'Digital fiction: from the page to the screen.' In: Adams, R, ed. Transdisciplinary digital art: sound, vision and the new screen. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 120-126. ISBN 9783540794851


No more eggs
article

Pullinger, K (2020) 'No more eggs.' Studies in the Maternal, 13 (1). p. 24. ISSN 1759-0434


Breathe: a digital ghost story
article

Pullinger, K (2019) 'Breathe: a digital ghost story.' The International Journal of Creative Media Research, 1. ISSN 2631-6773


Writing digital: practice, performance, theory
article

Ashton, D, Bower, G.J, Hollyman, S and Pullinger, K (2017) 'Writing digital: practice, performance, theory.' Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 23 (1). pp. 3-4. ISSN 1354-8565


Ambient literature: story as spatial experience
conference_item

Abba, T and Pullinger, K (2016) Ambient literature: story as spatial experience. In: Books in Browsers VII: Telling Small Stories, 3 - 4 November 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA.


Story+: Kate Pullinger and Tea Uglow in conversation with Donna Hancox
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Pullinger, K, Uglow, T and Hancox, D (2016) Story+: Kate Pullinger and Tea Uglow in conversation with Donna Hancox. In: Brisbane Writers Festival, 9 September 2016, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.


Unprintable books - Live live editing! - I wish I knew when I didn't know
conference_item

Pullinger, K (2016) Unprintable books - Live live editing! - I wish I knew when I didn't know. In: National Writers Forum, 17 -18 September 2016, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


A very modern memorial
conference_item

Pullinger, K (2015) A very modern memorial. In: TEDxBristol 2015: Great Expectations, 11 November 2015, Bristol, UK.


Writing digital: new forms of fiction
conference_item

Hershman, T, Lackie, K, Meade, C, Pullinger, K and Wilks, C (2015) Writing digital: new forms of fiction. In: Experimental Narratives From the Novel to Digital Storytelling, 26-27 February 2015, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London.


Brave new story worlds: writing in the digital age
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Pullinger, K (2013) Brave new story worlds: writing in the digital age. In: Brave New World: English and literacy teaching for the 21st century, 4 July - 7 July 2013, QUT, Brisbane, Australia.


Way beyond the book: opportunities for writers in the digital age
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Pullinger, K (2013) Way beyond the book: opportunities for writers in the digital age. In: Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, 12 February - 14 February 2013, New York, NY.


Having my cake
conference_item

Pullinger, K (2012) Having my cake. In: Books in Browsers, October 2012, San Fransisco, CA, USA.


Spreadable media: writing in a disintermediated age
conference_item

Pullinger, K (2012) Spreadable media: writing in a disintermediated age. In: MIX DIGITAL 2013: Text on Screens; Making/Discovering/Teaching, 15 July - 17 July 2012, Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, Wiltshire, England.


Landscape and memory in "The Mistress of Nothing" and "A Little Stranger"
conference_item

Pullinger, K (2012) Landscape and memory in "The Mistress of Nothing" and "A Little Stranger". In: Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland 16th Biennial Conference - Canada: Landscapes and Landmarks, 10 May - 12 May 2012, University College Dublin, Ireland.


Breathe (2018) [REF2021 collection]
artefact

Pullinger, K (2021) Breathe (2018) [REF2021 collection].


Letter to an unknown soldier [website]
other

Pullinger, K and Bartlett, N (2014) Letter to an unknown soldier [website].


Duel [website]
other

Pullinger, K and Campbell, A (2012) Duel [website].


Luke's message [website]
other

Pullinger, K and Joseph, C (2009) Luke's message [website].


Flight paths: a networked novel [website]
other

Pullinger, K and Joseph, C (2009) Flight paths: a networked novel [website].


Inanimate Alice [website]
other

Pullinger, K (2008) Inanimate Alice [website].


The breathing wall [website/CD]
other

Pullinger, K, Joseph, C and Schemat, S (2005) The breathing wall [website/CD].


Branded [website]
other

Pullinger, K and Memmott, T (2005) Branded [website].


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