Biography

Alizon graduated from Uclan in 1991 with a BA (Hons) in English and Linguistics. She continued studying for a PhD in Jacobean City Comedy that examined the disjunction between comic narratives of redemption, Protestant theology and capitalism.

Following her thesis she continued to teach  English Literature at Uclan, particularly Early Modern studies and Postmodernism. In 2003 she became course leader for Creative Writing and manager of the RWE (Realistic Working Experience) Student Publishing House as part of the Centre for Employability through the Humanities (ceth).

In 2002 she organised an international conference on Postmodernism and Spirituality.

She founded Web Theatre where she directed/produced/acted in Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Dario Fo’s Abducting Diana and She Left the Loom a play about Pre-Raphaelite Women artists written by the company. Alizon’s theatre background led to her working with The Murder Squad, A Murder Mystery theatre company.

In 2008 Alizon went to live in Spain to finish her first novel The Revenger’s Tragedy. On her return she taught in several secondary schools before joining the University of Cumbria as Course Leader in Creative Writing. She continued to write and is about to submit a second novel The Lantern Man to an agent.

As well as writing her own work Alizon has run many open mic nights, organised visiting writer events and community workshops. She has hosted events at Lancaster Litfest and Kendal Calling.

While at The University of Cumbria Alizon has developed employability by redesigning the curriculum and by initiating Create Write Work a careers event dedicated to English and Creative Writing students.

In her spare time Alizon enjoys reading crime fiction, learning Spanish and painting furniture.

Qualifications and memberships

  • PhD Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Linguistics
  • PGCE
  • QTS

Academic and research interests

  • Crime Fiction.
    Author of two novels: The Lantern Man an eco thriller set in Cumbria and ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy.’ Both forthcoming
  • Writing Place
    Article: Bodies out of Place: Location and dislocation in Ian Rankin’s Fleshmarket Close (forthcoming)
  • Jacobean City Comedy
  • Former founder of Web Theatre

Publications

"The mere and cunning front": The Sovereignty of Man in J.H. Prynne's "Crown" 74-91 Complicities: British Poetry 1945-2007 edited by Robin Purves and Sam Ladkin. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007  ISBN: 978-80-7308-194-2 (invited contribution)

Teaching City Comedy’ in Hiscock, Andrew, Lisa Hopkins (eds) Teaching the New English Literature  Palgrave  (invited contribution)

2006 with Robin Purves ‘Smaller than the Radius of the Planet’ Quid 17   For J H Prynne: a celebration. Barque Press

‘Thou art damned for alt’ring thy religion’: the double coding of conversion in city comedy.’ in Dieter Mehl et al.(ed)  Plotting Early Modern London Ashgate 2004. ISBN: 0 7546 4097 3 PP (invited contribution)

"O, how my offences wrestle with my repentance!": The Protestant Poetics of Redemption in Thomas Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside." Early Modern Literary Studies 8.3 (January, 2003): 4.1-51: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/08-3/brunchas.html>. ISSN 1201-2459

"'In his gold I shine': Jacobean Comedy and the art of the mediating trickster." Early Modern Literary Studies 8.2 (September, 2002): 3.1-25 <URL: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/08-2/brungold.htm>. ISSN 1201-2459

‘Jonson’s Romish Foxe: Anti Catholic Discourse in Volpone’, EMLS v 6.2 (September 2000) ): http://purl.oclc.org/emls/06-2/brunvol.htm>. 1-32. ISSN 1201-2459