UK Hurley

Senior Lecturer, English and Creative Writing


The University of Salford

Creative writing, Digital fabrication, Auto/biography, Creative Nonfiction, Experimental Writing, Creative process, Ficto-biography, Historical fiction

Ursula took a circuitous route to academia, having worked teaching English as a foreign language, in advertising, where she found herself mentoring other copy writers, and then in community engagement, where she helped others to express their needs and opinions. Eventually the penny dropped, and she realised that the power of language was her driving passion. Thus enlightened, she set up and ran the Writing Centre at Liverpool Hope University, winning a number of learning and teaching awards, before joining the Creative Writing team at Salford. Since then she has gained her Ph.D., become a prize-winning poet and prose writer, and continues to work in community engagement via the University's 'Writing Lives' project. She is now re-writing her Ph.D. thesis (which turned out to be three booksmore...

1996 BA (Hons) English (from St John's College, Cambridge). 1999 MA Writing Studies (from Lancaster University). Distinction 2011 PhD Creative Writing (from Manchester Metropolitan University). Comprising a novel and complementary discourses, this thesis blurs the traditional distinctions between critical theory and creative practice, and contributes new insights into the practice, craft, and theory of the contemporary novel.

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  1. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 and Naray-Davey, S ORCID: 0000-0002-4830-6389 2018, 'The architectures of translation : a magic carpet-ride through space and time (or, the awkward story of how we dis/placed Krisztina Tóth’s short fiction from Hungarian to English)' , Cogent Arts and Humanities .
  2. Taylor, N, Connolly, P, Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 and Macleod-Iredale, JB 2016, Breadth, depth and height : early findings on engaging disabled people with digital fabrication , in: CHI 2016 Workshop: Fabrication & HCI: Hobbyist Making, Industrial Production, and Beyond, 08/05/2016, Salzburg.
  3. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2018, '“The embodiment of pure thought”? Digital fabrication, disability and new possibilities for auto/biography' , a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 33 (2) , pp. 285-300.
  4. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2017, '"Description"' , in: How to Write A Short Story (And Think About It) , Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2016, Heartwood, a story , The Argotist Online, Liverpool.
  6. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2017, 'Custom-Breaker : writing the life of Elizabeth Cary' , in: Experiments in Life-Writing : Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction , Life Writing , Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, pp. 249-272.
  7. Taylor, N, Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 and Connolly, P 2016, 'Making community : the wider role of makerspaces in public life' , in: Proceedings of CHI 2016 (Human-Computer Interaction conference) , SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction), pp. 1415-1425.
  8. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2013, Durable goods, issue 83 , Durable Goods/CroBird, U.S.A..
  9. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2012, 'The Delicate One - With Sugar' , Zimzalla.
  10. Hurley, UK ORCID: 0000-0002-8275-7677 2009, 'Upper Derwent Water' [Performance].