Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Alison Peirse appointed Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Leeds

November 8th, 2017

Dr Alison Peirse joins the School of Media and Communication as Lecturer in Film and Media in January 2018. She holds a PhD from the University of Lancaster in Cultural Research and currently lectures in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.


Alison’s research engages with creativity and creative process, with a focus on story, identity and ‘structures of feeling’. As a scriptwriter, she has trained with BBC WritersRoom, Channel 4’s 4Talent and High Tide Festival Theatre company at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. She has spent time this summer working with Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill, and has been invited to train with the Royal Court later this year. Her horror feature film scripts are under consideration for development with multiple production companies and her horror stage play, Euphoria, was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2017. She is also a script consultant, working with individual writers, independent producers, industry funding bodies and production companies. Her most recent credit is Script Editor on the independent British horror film Dark Beacon (2017, Corrie Greenop).

Alison’s academic publications relate closely to her practice. She examines creative process in film and television production, with a focus on horror. She has published eighteen journal articles and book chapters in the past ten years. She is also the author of After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film (IB Tauris, 2013) and co-editor of Korean Horror Cinema (EUP). She is now writing The Talking Dead: British Horror Cinema and Spiritualism for Edinburgh University Press.

Alison is at the early stages of two new projects. She is preparing an edited book proposal for Palgrave on her new research, Women Make Horror: Feminism, Filmmaking, Genre. In addition, she has started her next play. This is another horror story, set in a hotel on the North Yorkshire Moors, influenced by Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle and the recent Claude Cahun exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. She’s also keen to extend her work on creativity and creative process to encompass female identity in independent / alternative mediums, including punk / post-punk, zines and podcasts.

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