Series Editor: Sarah Dillon

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Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays presents a new approach to the academic study of living authors. The titles in this Series are devoted to contemporary Anglophone writers whose work is popularly and critically valued but on whom a significant body of academic criticism has yet to be established. The Series covers writers of all forms, from those penning long and short fiction, to poets, dramatists and authors of creative non-fiction. Each of the titles in the Series develops out of the best contributions to an international conference; represents the most intelligent and provocative material in current thinking about the writer’s work; and suggests future avenues of thought, comparison and analysis. With each title prefaced by an author foreword, the Series embraces the challenges of writing on living authors and provides the foundation stones for future critical work on our most significant contemporary writers.

How To Contribute

The collections in the Series develop out of single-author conferences at which academic papers have been presented and to which the writer themselves has contributed in some way, be it in a reading or Q&A. If you have an idea for a single-author conference which fits the aims of the Series, please download the Conference Proposal Form, and complete and return to the Series Editor ( If the proposal is accepted, Gylphi will offer conference support leading to publication in the Series. Gylphi will provide services such as the design of flyers, hosting the conference webpage, promotion, and publishing conference proceedings. It is expected that the Conference organiser’s institution will host the event and that any financial support will be secured internally or from external funding bodies. In some instances, the Series will consider a Collection Proposal from a conference already held; please contact the Editor to discuss this.

Forthcoming Conferences

The Novels of Nicola Barker, 5 September 2018, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

Sarah Hall: A Two-Day International Conference, 16-17 May 2018, University of Leuven, Belgium

Forthcoming Titles

Michel Faber: Critical Essays (2018, ed. Jim MacPherson, Rebecca Langworthy and Kristin Lindfield-Ott).

M. John Harrison: Critical Essays (2018, ed. Mark Bould and Rhys Williams).