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portrait of Dr Jonathan Gibbs

Dr Jonathan Gibbs

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English

Contact Information


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Jonathan Gibbs is a writer, critic and academic. He has published two novels, 'Randall, or the Painted Grape' (Galley Beggar Press, 2014) and 'The Large Door' (Boiler House Press, 2019). 'Randall' has been translated into French and Dutch, and was long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and shortlisted for the Figaro Prix du Livre de Voyage Urbain. His short stories have been anthologised in the Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, and a story was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Prize.

In 2020 he wrote 'Spring Journal', a long poem about the Coronavirus lockdown, inspired by Louis MacNeice's 'Autumn Journal', written in the months before the declaration of the Second World War. The poem, originally composed in real time on Twitter, is being published by CB Editions in December 2020.

He worked as a journalist for over 10 years before taking an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), for which he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary, and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, bothat the University of East Anglia. The PhD thesis took the form of a novel, 'Randall or the Painted Grape', and a critical essay, ‘Beyond Ekphrasis: The Use and Function of Artworks in the Novels of Don DeLillo’.

After teaching as an Associate Tutor at UEA, Jonathan taught as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at St Mary's University, Twickenham, where he was Programme Director for the BA Creative and Professional Writing and the MA Creative Writing: First Novel.

He has been a judge on both the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize.

He curates the online short fiction project A Personal Anthology ( in which writers and others pick and introduce their dozen favourite short stories.


  1. Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, City, University London, Sep 2020 – present
  2. Programme Director, St Mary's University Twickenham London, Sep 2016 – Sep 2020


Books (3)

  1. Gibbs, J. (2020). Spring Journal. London: CB Editions. ISBN 978-1-909585-37-9.
  2. Gibbs, J. (2019). The Large Door. Norwich: Boiler House Press. ISBN 978-1-911343-54-7.
  3. Gibbs, J. (2014). Randall. Gwasg y Bwthyn. ISBN 978-0-9571853-6-4.

Other Activities

Media appearances (4)

  1. The Iris Murdoch podcast. (2020) The Iris Murdoch podcast.
  2. Man Booker Prize Podcast. (2019) Man Booker Prize Podcast (unknown).
  3. Backlisted Podcast. (2017) Brigid Brophy's 'The Snow Ball'.
  4. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet. (2016) Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet (unknown).

Other (2)

  1. Judge, 2019 Manchester Fiction Prize, Manchester Writing Competition (Oct 2019 – Feb 2020).
  2. Judge, Galley Beggar Short Story Prize, Galley Beggar Press (Jun 2018 – Mar 2019).