- PhD, University of Sussex
- MA, University of Sussex
- BA, University Of California, San Diego
- Selecting and Interviewing PhD Students, training event at UWE, October 2005
- Independent Chair Training for Phd Vivas, May 2006. Refresher training Summer 2013.
- Employability for Creative Writing and English Literature Postgraduates in the School of English and Creative Studies
- UK Council for Graduate Education One Day Training Event:
Practice-Based and Practice-Led Doctorates: Supervison and Success, May 2011
- Led a Training Event, together with Professor Paul Davies
'Recruiting and Developing PhD Cohorts'
School of Humanities and Cultural Industries Staff Development Day, June 2011
- Ensuring PhD Completions for Research Excellence Framework 2014
Missenden Centre for the Development of Higher Education
September 15-16, 2011
- Member of Working Party on Bath Spa University's PhD Regulations. Summer and Autumn, 2013.
- Recruitment and Selection. One-Day Training event. December 2013.
- The National Association for Writers and Teachers of English
- The Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute for Teaching and Learning)
- The UK Council for Graduate Education
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- The Society of Authors
Key roles at Bath Spa University
- Creative Writing Subject Lead for the South West and Wales Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
- Programme Leader, PhD in Creative Writing - includes designing and coordinating funded training and development programme
- Member of the University's Higher Degrees (Research) Committee
- Member of the College of Liberal Arts Research and Postgraduate Sub-Committee
- Higher Degrees Tutor, Field of Writing and Performance, College of Liberal Arts
- Line manager for several colleagues in the Field of Writing and Performance
- Member of Creative Writing Leadership Group
- Member of Writing and Performance Leadership Group.
- MA in Creative Studies, University of Wales, Bangor, 2001-2005
- Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Professional Writing, University College, Falmouth, 2001-2005
- PhD on Sylvia Plath, University of New South Wales, 2004
- MA Thesis on Sylvia Plath, University of Malaya, 2006
- BA in Creative Studies, University of Sussex, 2006-2010
BA in Creativity and the Arts, University of Sussex, 2007-2010
- PhD on Sylvia Plath, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2008
- MA in Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2011-2014.
- PhD in Creative Writing by Publication, Oxford Brookes University, 2014.
- PhD on Sylvia Plath, University of Ulster, 2016.
- Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Oxford, 2016-2019.
Other external roles
- External Panel Member, Final Stage Validation for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, King Alfred's Winchester, 22 March 2002.
- Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal English, July 2002.
- Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal Textual Practice, November 2002 and August 2005.
- Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal The Review of English Studies, December 2010.
- Reader for Ashgate Publishing, 2011
- Reader for the peer reviewed academic Journal of American Studies, Summer 2013.
- Psychological Thrillers
- Sylvia Plath
- Ted Hughes
- The Nineteenth Century Novel (especially Dickens, Hardy and the Brontes)
- Samuel Richardson
- Literature and Reproductive Medicine
Bath Spa University Teaching Fellowship, 2007/2008
- Pregnancy and the Novel: Representation and Concealment from Richardson to Hardy
- Scholarly monograph to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and
- Sylvia Plath in Context. To be published by Cambridge University Press.
Articles and essays:
- 'Sylvia Plath in the Early Twenty-First Century'. To be published in a collection of new scholarly essays. American Poetry Since 1945. Edited by Eleanor Spencer. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Casebook. Forthcoming 2016 or 2017.
Two English Literature PHDs supervised to completion:
- "The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture". This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship. Published as a book by Manchester University Press in 2008.
- "Women and Self-Sacrifice in the Mid-Victorian novel".
Ten creative writing PhDs supervised to completion:
- "Elizabeth Bishop's Anxiety of Influence", plus Poetry Collection
- "Narrative Distance Between Living and Telling in Childhood Memoirs", plus Fictional Memoir, "The Diplomat's Wife"
- "Narrative Techniques in Women's Wilderness Memoirs", plus Fictional Memoir: "The Games We Play at Forty Below"
- "The Forests of the Mind: the Poetry of Pascale Petit", plus "The Ivy Hides the Fig Ripe Duchess". Poetry Collection, published by Seren, 2011
- "The Making and Changing of 'Stolen': A Memoir"; plus "Stolen", A Novel for Young Adults (Chicken House, 2009). This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship
- "The Baker's Daughter" (Memoir, Macmillan 2014), plus "A Study of European Expatriate Food Memoirs"
- "The Pink Suit" (Novel, published by Little Brown in the US and Virago in the UK, 2014), plus "A Reflection of the Considerations Made When Portraying Jackie Kennedy in Fiction"
- "Pain Body" (Poetry Collection, to be published as "What the Willow Said", Red Hen Press, 2016), plus "Writing at the Intersection of Elegy and Witness"
- "Gris-Gris" (A Novel), plus study of Toni Morrison and Isabel Allende
- "Rainbow" (Working Title - Historical Novel set in the late 18th century), plus "Literary Transgressions: Reconstructions of Gender in the Historical Novel". This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship.
Current PhD in Creative Writing supervisions:
- 'The Book of Astolat' (Historical Novel), plus "The Call to Adventure: the Twelfth-Century Grail Story's Impact on Contemporary Narratives"
- Poetry Collection: 'The Poem Under the Ground'; plus a study of 'Lyric Site-Based Poetry'. This research is supported by a full time AHRC studentship.
- 'Sugar' (Historical Novel); plus a study of 'Writing, Self-Consciousness and the Unhappy Queer Ending'. This research is funded by a full time AHRC studentship awarded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.
Low residency PhD in Creative Writing programme for international students:
- I lead this full time, specialist strand of Bath Spa University's PhD in Creative Writing programme.
- Together with Professor Gerard Woodward, I successfully supervised our first cohort, who began in October 2012.
- Professor Woodward and I began working with our fourth cohort in October 2015.
PhD in Creative Writing Research Forum
Together with Professor Gerard Woodward and Professor Kate Pullinger, I convene this specialist forum, which meets each month.
Research and academic outputs
Brain, T and Bayley, S (2011) Representing Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107006751
Brain, T (2001) The other Sylvia Plath. Pearson Education. ISBN 0-582-32730-X
Brain, T (2016) 'Sylvia Plath in the early twenty-first century.' In: Spencer, E, ed. American poetry since 1945. Palgrave, London, pp. 111-132. ISBN 9781137324467
Brain, T (2013) 'Story, body and voice: dating and grouping Sylvia Plath's poems.' In: Critical insights: Sylvia Plath. Salem Press, Ipswich MA. ISBN 9781429838337
Brain, T (2011) 'Fictionalising Sylvia Plath.' In: Bayley, S and Brain, T, eds. Representing Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, Cambrige. ISBN 9781107006751
Brain, T (2011) 'Hughes and feminism.' In: Gifford, T, ed. The Cambridge companion to Ted Hughes. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521145763
Brain, T (2007) 'Unstable manuscripts: the indeterminacy of the Plath canon.' In: Helle, A, ed. The unraveling archive: essays on Sylvia Plath. University of Michigan Press, Michigan, pp. 17-38. ISBN 0472099272
Brain, T (2006) 'Sylvia Plath's letters and journals.' In: Gill, Jo, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, pp. 139-155. ISBN 0-521-60685-3
Brain, T (2006) 'Dangerous confessions: the problem of reading Sylvia Plath biographically.' In: Gill, Jo, ed. Modern Confessional Writing. Routledge, pp. 11-32. ISBN 0-415-33969-3
Brain, T (2014) 'Stitching a life, telling a story: sewing in 'Jane Eyre'.' Women's Writing, 21 (4). pp. 464-487. ISSN 1747-5848
Brain, T (2013) 'Medicine in Sylvia Plath's late poems.' Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies, 6 (Summer). pp. 9-26. ISSN 2155-8175
Brain, T (2008) Wish I had a Sylvia Plath. In: Oxford Literary Festival after-performance discussion, 4 April 2008, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK.
Brain, T (2007) Presenting Sylvia Plath. In: Syliva Plath 75th Year Symposium, 25-27 October 2007, Balliol College, Oxford, UK.
Brain, T (2007) The manuscripts of Plath's last poems. In: Modern Manuscripts Series Seminar, 20 November 2007, University of London, London, UK.
Brain, T (2002) Plath the working writer: editing and the manuscripts. In: Sylvia Plath 70th Year Symposium, 31 October - 2 November 2002, Indiana University IN, USA.
Brain, T (2002) Rethinking the Plath canon. In: Research Series, December 2002, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.
"It's not just about the writing": effective personal and professional development for creative writing PhD candidates
Fenby-Hulse, K, Whiting, M, Middleton, T and Brain, T (2015) "It's not just about the writing": effective personal and professional development for creative writing PhD candidates.