About Laura Fish

Dr Laura Fish

Research interests
My main research interests include postcolonial literature and rewritings, issues of gender, and black literature and literary criticism. My doctoral research focused on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Barrett family connections with Jamaica.

Current work
My novel in progress is built upon my experience of living in Southern Africa.

Flight of Black Swans, (London: Duckworth, 1995)
Strange Music, (London: Jonathan Cape, 2008)

Essays and articles
An extract from Sunlight Through Bars appears in the UEA Creative Writing Anthology, First Hand, (University of East Anglia, Norwich: CCPA, 2001) “Black Fish in a White Sea” and “Letter to My Self,” two articles for In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People, Perlita Harris (editor), an anthology commissioned by the British Association of Fostering and Adoption (BAAF: 2006) “Strange Music: Engaging Imaginatively with the Family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning from a Creole and Black Woman’s Perspective,” Victorian Poetry, Stone, Marjorie; Taylor, Beverly (editors), (West Virginia University Press, 2006).

Grants, awards and scholarships
Society of Women Writers’ and Journalists Award (Jan 2001) Seth Donaldson Memorial Award, School of English and American Studies, UEA (Dec. 2000) Society of Authors Award for work on second novel, Sunlight through Bars (July 2000) Writer’s Fellowship, Hawthornden Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 1998) Society of Authors Grant (July 1997) Producer/director/researcher of BBC documentary short-listed for the Commission for Racial Equality’s ‘Race in the Media Awards’ (1992), longlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Award for Strange Music.

Selected publications
Laura Fish. Strange Music: Engaging imaginatively with the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning from a Creole and Black Woman’s Perspective. Victorian Poetry 2006, 44(4), 507-524
Laura Fish. Flight of Black Swans. London: Duckworth, 1995