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Rosemarie Miller

Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing

Institute of Humanities

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Rose completed a Master of Arts degree in Literature, Politics and Identity at the University of Worcester in 2012. While participating in the doctoral research programme she has also gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods and the first module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Most recently she has taught on Children’s Literature, Creative Writing and Science Fiction modules.  She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary English) from the Open University and a Diploma in Teaching English to Adults from the University of Warwick. While working towards her doctorate Rose has also worked part-time as a Community Tutor and was graded Outstanding by Ofsted in December 2015. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to her teaching experience, Rose is a fully qualified Careers Guidance specialist with substantial experience in schools, colleges and voluntary organisations in the West Midlands and the South East of England. Prior to returning to Higher Education Rose worked as a Training and Quality Co-ordinator for the Connexions service in Worcestershire where she was also an assessor and internal verifier for advice and guidance qualifications. Rose is also a writer of fiction and seven of her plays have received professional dramaturgy prior to public performance.       

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Doctoral research

Director of Studies: Prof Jean Webb

Supervisory Team: Professor Kerry Mallan, QUT, Australia; Distinguished Professor Roberta Seelinger Trites, Illinois State University, USA; Dr John Parham, University of Worcester, UK.

The Australian ecoGothic through the Novels of Sonya Hartnett

This is the first substantive literary study of the internationally acclaimed, contemporary Australian author, Sonya Hartnett. The literary analysis of ten novels uniquely locates Hartnett’s oeuvre within the sub-genre of the Australian ecoGothic and, using the theoretical approach of phenomenology examines the relationship between place, memory and ideas of identity. The thesis also draws on concepts from cultural geography as well as critical scholarship on Australian literature and culture.        

Research interests

Children’s and Young Adult Literature; the Gothic; Science Fiction; Australian literature and more widely colonial and postcolonial literature; Ecocriticism (particularly phenomenology).

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow

International Society for Research in Children’s Literature

West Midlands Writer’s Guild



‘Two for the Road: Identities in Exile and the Quest for Self in Divided Subjectivities’, Write 4Children Special Edition Diversity, Inclusion & Equality. June (2013) Vol IV. Issue 2.

‘Fantasy Crime Fiction as a Site for Deconstructing Traditional Male Power Structures: Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl’. Fastitocalon Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern’.(2013) Vol IV.

‘Storytelling and Affect in Sonya Hartnett’s The Children of the King’ (2012). Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature. Special Issue on Emotion in Children’s Literature. 23.2 (2015)

‘Return to Hanging Rock: Lost Children in a Gothic Landscape’, Green Letters (23rd September, 2016), Routledge.  DOI: 10:1080/14688417.2016.1233822

Performed Work

In Two Minds - a duologue concerning presence and absence (10-15 minutes for one male, one female actor), selected by Peter Wilde, Directed by Kim Greengrass and given a professional, rehearsed reading at Worcester Swan Theatre. 3rd December, 2001.

The Pathless Land – a three Act play for six actors. Joint winner of the Golden Years 2002 open playwriting competition, supported by The Swan Theatre, Worcester County Council First Base, Awards for All and Stagecoach! Directed by Kim Greengrass and performed on Friday, 12th July 2002 at Worcester Swan Theatre (with audience talk-back).

The Cost of Living – a one Act play for four actors. Concerned with the relationship between love and art, this play was selected for performance and directed by professional actor Alex Delamere and performed at The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster and in The Swan Theatre on 18th October and 22nd October, 2002 respectively.

Recorded performance of The Pathless Land (adapted for radio) and post-performance interview at ‘Talking Newspaper’ Recording Studio in Kidderminster, Worcester (May 2003). ‘Golden Years Audio Project’. Directors: Kim Greengrass and Talking Newspaper Studio Manager – Mike Dickens.

The White Room”, a one Act duologue concerning family responsibility and dementia in the production ‘White Christmas’ on 20th December, 2003 directed by playwright Lance Woodman with audience talk-back session.

Take It From Me - three inter-related monologues concerning domestic violence as part of production ‘Three’s a Crowd’ Directed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre professional Clare Smout in The Swan Theatre and at Worcester Arts Workshop (27th & 28th May, 2005 respectively).

Death in Iraq – a one act play for two actors concerning bereavement and blame in local touring production of ‘Up Close and Personal’. Directed by Martin Drury and Dympma Jardine and performed at The Studio at The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster; Studio at The Artrix, Bromsgrove; Studio at Worcester Arts Workshop and The Theatre of Small Convenience, Malvern (between dates Oct 26th and 5th Nov 2006)

Short Story public reading

Story Suns of Home selected by Alan Beard from the University of Central England and West Midlands Lit-Net Co-ordinator, David Fine, as one of three winning entries to be given a public ‘Short Cuts Reading’ at the Midlands Arts Centre on 17th March, 2005. The story was posted on Lit-Net.

Conference Presentations

‘Red in Tooth and Claw: Extinction and Preservation in Julia Leigh’s The Hunter (1999) and Sonya Hartnett’s Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf (2004). Paper presented at Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts seminar at the University of Worcester (June 2013)

‘Suburban Gothic: Reading Sonya Hartnett’s Butterfly’. Paper presented at Homerton College, Cambridge (June 2013)

‘Return to Hanging Rock: Lost Children in a Gothic Landscape’. Paper presented at IH&CA Research Student Conference at The Hive (County and University Library) (30th January, 2014). This paper is now in Green Papers. See publications.

‘Tracing Places: Cognition, Place and Subjectivity in Sonya Hartnett’s The Ghost’s Child’ (2008). Poster presented at the International Symposium on Cognitive Criticism and Children’s Literature at Homerton College, Cambridge (2nd-3rd May, 2014)

‘Frankenstein’s Creatures: Young Adult Fiction, Genetic Engineering & Issues of Identity’. Poster presented at HEA Conference: ‘Heroes and Monsters: Extraordinary Tales of Learning and Teaching in the Arts and Humanities’. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester. (2nd-4th June, 2014)

‘History and Resilience in Sonya Hartnett’s The Children of the King’ (2012). Paper presented at the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research’ (ACLAR), ‘Emotional Control: Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People’. National Conference at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia (30th June- 2nd July 2014)

‘The Wild Child Goes Underground: Labyrinths and Subjectivities in Sonya Hartnett’s Thursday’s Child’. Paper presented at the 22nd Biennial Congress of IRSCL (International Research Society for Children’s Literature) at University of Worcester, UK (8th – 12th August 2015)

‘Cognitive Poetics within the Australian ecoGothic’. Paper presented at the Second Cambridge Synposium on Cognitive Approaches to Children’s Literature, Faculty of Education, Homerton College, University of Cambridge (11th March, 2016)

‘“An Honourable Estate”: Dahl’s Modern Gothic and the 1950s Suburban Housewife’. Paper presented at the Roald Dahl Centenary Conference, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University, Wales (16th-18th June 2016)