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Prof Katy Shaw


Department: Humanities

Katy Shaw is Professor of 21st-century writing and publishing at Northumbria University, UK and Director of the UKRI/AHRC Creative Communities programme. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in the creative industries (the subject of her 2022 TED talk) and the redistribution of the creative industries from the capital to the regions and nations as part of the ‘levelling up agenda’. She is the author of the 2021 APPG Inquiry report ‘The Case for Culture’ that set out policy recommendations, many of which have since been adopted by UK government, on how to rebuild rebalance and recover cultural production post-covid. She sits as a commissioner on the LGA Culture Commission and the Gordon Brown Union Commission. Her policy consultancy focuses on R&D, innovation and the role of HEIs and further education in cultural partnership working. As Professor of writing she is the author of five monographs, four edited collections as well as journal articles and essays on contemporary British literature and is the author of the British Council ‘Write Now: Teaching 21st-century Literature Globally’ report. She can be found on Twitter @profkatyshaw

Katy Shaw

Campus Address

103 Lipman Building

Contemporary Literature

Twenty-first Century Genre Fiction

Working Class Writing



  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Common People: breaking the class ceiling in UK publishing, Shaw, K. 14 Mar 2023, Routledge Companion to Working Class Literature, Routledge
  • Writers and Their Work: David Peace, Shaw, K. 2023
  • A New Britain: Renewing our Democracy and Rebuilding our Economy: Report of the Commission on the UK’s Future, Shaw, K. 1 Dec 2022
  • A Writing Chance: Adjusting the Lens - Phase One Evaluation Report , Shaw, K. Oct 2022
  • Cornerstones of Culture: Commission on Culture and Local Government: Summary Report, Shaw, K. 13 Dec 2022
  • The Case for Culture: What Northern Culture Needs to Rebuild, Rebalance and Recover: APPG Northern Culture Inquiry Report into Post-Covid Cultural Recovery , Shaw, K. 1 Sep 2021
  • Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing, Shaw, K. 1 May 2020
  • Common People: Breaking The Class Ceiling in UK Publishing, Shaw, K. 1 Sep 2020, In: Creative Industries Journal
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Interview with Katie Lowe, Shaw, K. 12 Jun 2019, In: C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings
  • The Value of Writing: The Northern Writers’ Awards: 2000-2018, Shaw, K. Jun 2019

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Membership of board: British Council (External organisation) 2023
  • Other: AHRC Director of Creative Communities 2022
  • Consultancy: A Writing Chance 2021
  • Membership of committee: Local Government Association (External organisation) 2021
  • Membership of committee: The Labour Party (External organisation) 2021
  • Consultancy: Writing the Regional Powerhouse 2021
  • Membership of committee: BACLS: British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies (External organisation) 2017
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: International Womens Day 2017
  • Membership of board: University English": national subject association (External organisation) 2016
  • Editorial work: C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings (Journal) 2015

Katherine Greenwood Common People: Working-Class Writing in the Twenty-First Century Start Date: 01/10/2019

  • English Literature PhD June 09 2008
  • PGCE September 06 2006
  • English MA September 06 2005
  • English Literature MRes September 06 2004
  • English BA (Hons) June 02 2003
  • PGCE (HE and Post-Compulsory) PGCE 2005
  • Senior Fellow of HEA

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