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Dr Ian Sansom M.A. (Cantab), DPhil. (Oxon), Associate Professor


Research and Teaching Interests

(Dr Ian Sansom is on leave until Autumn 2018.)

Ian Sansom was educated in Essex, at Oxford and Cambridge, and at the Northern Irish Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. He was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has taught at Brunel University and Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a former Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.

His research interests include the novel, the short story, memoir/autobiography, journalism, broadcasting, and the history of the book.

He was a founder and editor of the magazine The Enthusiast. He has been a columnist for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, the Spectator and the New Statesman. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

His teaches and supervises fiction and non-fiction writing at undergraduate and graduate levels.

He is the author of The Truth About Babies (Granta, 2002), Ring Road (HarperCollins, 2004), the Mobile Library series of novels (HarperCollins), and Paper: An Elegy (4th Estate/Harper Collins, 2012). His most recent novel, Westmorland Alone (Harper Collins, 2016) is book 3 in his 44-book bestselling series, the County Guides. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Book 4 in the County Guides, Essex Poison is forthcoming in 2017 and he is currently working on a book about W.H. Auden.


Dr Ian Sansom
Room 4021
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 1346

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