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Dr Celia Hunt

Post:Emeritus Reader (Social Research Training Consortium, Centre for Community Engagement)
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Celia Hunt is Emeritus Reader in Continuing Education (Creative Writing) at the Centre for Community Engagement. She was Assistant Director (Academic Matters) of the Centre 2000-2004. She set up the Certificate in Creative Writing in 1994 and the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development and its associated research programme in 1996. She was Convenor of the latter until her retirement in 2010. Before taking up her post at the University she was Literature Officer at South East Arts Board, in which capacity she set up and managed writing residences in prisons, hospices and care homes. Her DPhil research was published as 'Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing' by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, in 2000. She was a founder member and first Chair of Lapidus: The Association for the Literary Arts in Personal Development. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2004.


Formerly Convener of MA and research programmes in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the Centre for Community Engagement, School of Business, Management and Economics.