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Georgina Horrell


Teaching Associate, Researcher

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+ 44 (0)1223 747294


  • PhD (University of Cambridge)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Fellow Homerton College

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Georgina Horrell is a Teaching Associate in English (especially Dramatic Literature) at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and a Director of Studies at Homerton College. She has a particular research interests in Theatre, Children’s Literature and in ‘Postcolonial’ literatures. She has a wide range of teaching experience – both in high schools as well as at University; in England as well as in South Africa. Georgie is currently working with the Centre for Commonwealth Education as a core member of the Caribbean Poetry Project team in Cambridge who are collaborating with University of West Indies.

She has been closely involved with the development of the Teaching Caribbean Poetry course which is being taught in Barbados, Cambridge, Jamaica and Trinidad and is collaborating with colleagues in related joint international research. She is presently principal investigator in the Southern African Poetry Project (ZAPP - launched 2013).

Academic Area/Links

  • Commonwealth Poetry Project PI of ZAPP (Southern African Poetry Project)
  • PI of ZAPP (Southern African Poetry Project)

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Research Topics

  • Southern African Literature
  • Theatre (especially Postcolonial and Children’s Theatre)
  • Children’s Literature
  • Women’s Writing
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • Caribbean Poetry
  • Teaching literature, especially poetry

Current Research Project(s)

  • ZAPP (Southern African Poetry Project)
  • CPP (Caribbean Poetry Project)

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  • Postgraduate
    • Masters’ in Children’s Literature (MEd and MPhil)
  • Undergraduate
    • Education Tripos

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Principal and Recent Publications

Horrell, G.A. (2002). J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace: One Settler, One Bullet and the “New South Africa”’ In Scrutiny 2, Vol. 7, No 1, 2002.

Horrell, G.A. (2004). ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale: White Femininity as Guilty Masquerade in ‘New’ White South African Women’s Writing’ in Journal of Southern African Studies (Vol. 30, 2004).

Horrell, G.A. (2004). ‘The Letters Home Festival: South African Exiles and Émigrés Writing Abroad 5-6 March 2004’ (Conference Report), African Research & Documentation, No. 95, 2004.

Georgina Horrell and Sheila Davies (ed) (2005). Special Letters Home edition of Journal of Postcolonial Writing (formerly World Literature Written in English): a special journal edition featuring papers, photographs, poetry and essays from The Letters Home Festival, edited by Georgina Horrell and Sheila Davies (Vol. 41, No. 2, November 2005).

Horrell, G.A. (2005). ‘Book review’ in Journal of Southern African Studies of M. Steyn’s Whiteness Just Isn’t What it Used to Be (July 2005).

Horrell, G.A. (2005). Article on South African masculinities, Post-Apartheid Disgrace Guilty Masculinities in White South African Writing in Literature Compass 2 (2005) 20C 103, 1-11. (Blackwell, online:

Horrell, G.A. (2010). ‘White Lies, White Truth: Confession and Childhood in White Women’s Narratives’ in Trauma, Resistance, Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing (Series: Postcolonial Studies 7) Eds Jaspal Singh and Rajendra Chetty, New York: Peter Lang New York

Horrell, G.A. (2012). ‘Transgression and Transition’ in The Emergent Adult: Adolescent Literature and Culture Eds Maria Nikolajeva and Mary Hilton, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate

Horrell, G.A. (2012). ‘Singing Voices: Caribbean Children’s Poetry in Multicultural Britain’ in IBBY publication, It Doesn’t Have To Rhyme: Children and Poetry Eds Pat Pincent and Jennifer Harding.

Horrell, G.A. (2013). ‘Roots: Poetry of Oppression, Resistance and Liberation’ in Teaching Caribbean Poetry, Ed Morag Styles and Beverley Bryan London: Routledge.

Georgina Horrell

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