Patricia Duncker was a Professor of Creative Writing and co-Director (with Michèle Roberts) of the Prose Fiction MA between 2002 and 2006. A respected feminist academic and scholar she had previously taught Literature at the University of Aberystwyth and published a collection of critical essays Writing On The Wall in 2002. Her first novel Hallucinating Foucault (1996) won the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award. Among her other publications are the short story collection Seven Tales of Sex and Death (2003) and the novel Miss Webster and Chérif (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Both The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge and Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance were shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award. She is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Manchester.