2020 applicants

Matthew De Abaitua

Senior Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Matthew De Abaitua
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    +44 (0) 1206 872853

  • Location

    5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 10-11AM or email to arrange an appointment



I welcome PhD proposals in Creative Writing in prose fiction. I'm particularly interested in science fiction and literary fiction novels.


  • MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Artificial Intelligence narratives

Writing and studying narratives that connect to AI and climate change

Key words: Artificial intelligence
Open to supervise

Current research

My memoir on literary ambition Self & I will be published early 2018.

I am currently writing a science fiction novel exploring epigenetics and climate change.

Self & I

A memoir of literary ambition

Afterword to the Contemporary Critical Perspectives volume on Will Self

A critical overview of the works of Will Self in the 21st century.
More information about this project

Conferences and presentations

The Climate Artist

Invited presentation, Organic Systems: Science Fiction & Ecology Today, London, United Kingdom, 2/5/2019

Artificial Imagination: strange tools and the novel

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, AISB, Falmouth, United Kingdom, 18/4/2019

Artificial Imagination: Dreams and Delusions of AI

Invited presentation, Dot York, 4/10/2018

The Climate Artist

Invited presentation, Not I, Jerwood, London, United Kingdom, 15/9/2018

Class matters

Invited presentation, Greenwich Book Festival, Book Festival, London, United Kingdom, 16/6/2018

Author Confidential

Invited presentation, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, London, United Kingdom, 2/6/2018

AI Narratives:

Invited presentation, How do we talk about AI? workshop, London, United Kingdom, 3/5/2018

Life, the Universe and Everything: Science Fictional Responses to the Epistemological Question

Invited presentation, Eastercon, Eastercon, London, United Kingdom, 31/3/2018

The Future of Cities

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Eastercon, Eastercon, London, United Kingdom, 30/3/2018

'How to Teach Genre' with Dr Celia Brayfield at English Shared Futures, 2017.


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Writing for the Radio (LT146)

  • Writing the Short Story (LT219)

  • The Beginning of a Novel (LT346)

  • Understanding and Writing Science Fiction (LT367)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Research for Creative Practice (LT905)

  • Writing the Novel (LT908)

  • Creative Writing Workshop (LT911)

  • Writing Audio and Digital Drama (LT980)

Previous supervision

Joshua Ross Grocott
Joshua Ross Grocott
Thesis title: Pandatopia: A Novel with a Critical Commentary, Teotwawki
Degree subject: Creative Writing
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/1/2020


Journal articles (2)

De Abaitua, M., (2017). The Fourfold Library (6): Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, The Ballad of Halo Jones. Foundation: the international review of science fiction (128)

De Abaitua, M., (2016). Short Story: The University of the Sun. New Scientist (3104)

Books (3)

De Abaitua, MJ., (2018). Self & I:A memoir of literary ambition. Eye Books. 9781785630644

De Abaitua, M., (2016). The Destructives. Angry Robot. 9780857664747

De Abaitua, M., (2015). If Then. Angry Robot


+44 (0) 1206 872853


5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 10-11AM or email to arrange an appointment