Dr Ines Gregori Labarta
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Dr Ines Gregori Labarta

Lecturer in Creative Writing

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Biography

Biography

Inés G. Labarta is a writer, podcaster and illustrator. Her research interests include migrant literatures, queer theory, speculative fictions and multilingualism. She is also keen on the novella as a form, graphic novels and unreliable narrators. Her publications include the trilogy of middle-grade novels - Los Pentasónicos (Edebé, 2008-2010) - a gothic horror novella set in the Scottish Highlands - McTavish Manor (Holland House, 2016) - and a literary fiction novella - Kabuki (Dairea, 2017). Her most recent work is The Three Lives of St Ciarán, a novel in three parts which blends literary fiction with speculative fiction, history and magic realism to explore the cultural links between Ireland and Spain. This novel got shortlisted for the Northern Writers Awards in 2018 and will be published by Blackwater Press in 2023.

Inés' short stories have won awards such as the Autonomous University of Madrid short story prize, being shortlisted for competitions like The Wild Hunt short story competition.

Her professional experience in the literary industries include her work as a journalist for Cadena SER (Spain's prime radio network), her role as a podcast editor for Litro magazine and her time as a bookseller at Waterstones Lancaster King Street. She is the co-founder and director of The Wandering Bard magazine and podcast.

In 2022, Inés was commissioned to write a short story for the Lancashire Stories anthology commissioned by the Lancashire County Council. Inés' short story, Letter to the Pope Pius VI engages with Lancaster's links to Catholicism and the slave trade. The anthology will have a print run of 10,000 copies and be distributed in libraries all over Lancashire.

Before joining Plymouth University in 2022, Inés was a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Wolverhampton. Previously to that, she lectured in creative writing at Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Creative Writing, Lancaster University (2019)
  • MA in Creative Writing, Lancaster University (2015)
  • BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, Culture and Communication (English and Japanese) (2014)

Professional membership

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

  • Peer-reviewer for Writing in Practice, a journal from NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education).
  • Co-founder and director of The Wandering Bard magazine and podcast.
  • Member of Lancaster Litfest Board of Directors

Research

Research

Research interests

  • Migrant and multilingual literatures
  • Queer fiction and theory
  • Horror and the weird
  • Creative non-fiction and the personal essay
  • Unreliable narrators
  • The novella as a form
  • Graphic novels
  • Speculative fiction
  • Podcasting and interactive storytelling, including branching path narratives and video games

Inés welcomes enquires from prospective PhD students interested in any of the above.

Grants & contracts

Grants and Studentships

2022 £200 Co-director. The Wandering Bard. School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton Events Fund.

2021 £200 Co-director. The Wandering Bard. School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton Events Fund.

2020 £200 Co-director. The Wandering Bard. School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton Events Fund.

2019 £360 Principal Organiser. Wild Women of the Northwest. English and Creative Writing Department Events Fund, Lancaster University.

2019 £200 Principal Organiser. On Rejection: A Creative Workshop. Lancaster Words Festival. Lancaster University.

2019 £200 Principal Organiser. Hybrid Saints: A photographic project. Lancaster Words Festival. Lancaster University.

2018 £300 Principal Organiser. Hybrid Saints: A photographic project. English and Creative Writing Department Events Fund, Lancaster University.

2018 £130 Principal Organiser. A Literary Walk around Lancaster. Lancaster Litfest.

2017 £360 Co-director. The Wandering Bard. English and Creative Writing Department Events Fund, Lancaster University.            

2017 £2500 Co-director. The Wandering Bard. AHRC Networking Grant.

2016 £16000 FASS PhD Studentship Award, Lancaster University.

2016 £16000 AHRC PhD Studentship Award.

2013 €5000 BA Excellence Studentship Ministry of Education (Spain).

2011 €5000 BA Excellence Studentship Ministry of Education (Spain).

2010 €5000 BA Excellence Studentship Ministry of Education (Spain).

Selected Prizes and Bursaries

2019 £500 Conference Travel Bursary, Lancaster University.

2018 £1500 Conference Travel Bursary, AHRC.

2018 £250 Guest Speaker Travel Bursary, SOAS University of London. 

2017 £400 Conference Travel Bursary, Lancaster University.

2016 £200 Conference Travel Bursary, Lancaster University.

2016 Chancellor’s Medal, Lancaster University.

2012 €1200 Erasmus Bursary, Autonomous University of Madrid.


Creative practice & artistic projects

2021  Editor and Producer. The Wandering Bard Podcast: Season 3. The Wandering Bard. [online] Available at: <https://thewanderingbard.net/>

2021 Writer and Facilitator. The Recycling Story Bank Project. Project delivered alongside Dr Lisa Blower, Dr Rob Francis and Dr Charley Barnes as part of the Being Human festival at the University of Wolverhampton.

2021 Writer and Facilitator, Podcasting Course. Masterclass delivered online at Litro Magazine. January- February. (Four sessions).

2020 Writer and Facilitator, On Rejection: A Creative Workshop. Lancaster Litfest at Waterstones Lancaster King Street. 17th of March.

2019 Writer and Organiser, photographic exhibition: Hybrid Saints. Lancaster Words Festival at Waterstones Lancaster King Street. 9th of November.

2019 Interviewer, Editor and Producer. The Wandering Bard Podcast: Season 2. The Wandering Bard. [online] Available at: <https://thewanderingbard.net/>

2018 Interviewer, Editor and Producer. The Wandering Bard Podcast: Season 1.The Wandering Bard. [online] Available at: <https://thewanderingbard.net/>

2015 Presenter and Interviewer of The Writing Life podcast.

Publications

Publications

Books

  • The Three Lives of St Ciarán (Blackwater press, forthcoming in 2023)
  •  Kabuki (Dairea, 2017)
  •  McTavish Manor (Holland House Books, 2016)
  • El Tesoro de los Indios (Edebé, 2010)
  • El Loco de París (Edebé, 2008)
  • El Fantasma de Mozart (Edebé, 2008) 


Exhibitions

2019 Writer and Organiser, photographic exhibition: Hybrid Saints. Lancaster Words Festival at Waterstones Lancaster King Street. 9th of November.

Other Publications

Short Stories

• Letter to the Pope Pius VI. In: Lancashire Stories. (UCLan Publishing, forthcoming).

On Peripheries. (MEITS, 2019) [blog] Available at: <http://www.meits.org/blog/post/translation-as-performance-in-found-in-translation-literary-dispatches-from-the-peripheries-of-europe>

Werewolves Do Exist: On Rejection. (Spiderworks, 2019) Written alongside George Parker.

Hope. (Northwest Literary Arts, 2017) [online] Available at: <http://onliterary.com/hope-by-ines-gregori-labarta/>

Un Plátano. (Autonomous University of Madrid Press, 2012).

Dos Peces Rojos. (La Bufanda, 2011).

Podcasts

2020 Writer, Editor and Producer. The Yōkai Stories of Lafcadio Hearn. Litro. [podcast] Available at: < https://www.litromagazine.com/looking-for-the-best-podcasts-for-writers-litro-magazine-has-you-covered/the-yokai-stories-of-lafcadio-hearn/>

2020  Writer, Editor and Producer. A High-Tech Ancient Stillnes. Litro. [podcast] Available at: < https://www.litromagazine.com/looking-for-the-best-podcasts-for-writers-litro-magazine-has-you-covered/a-high-tech-ancient-stillness/ >

2018  Producer and Writer, Springfest podcast: A Literary Walk Around Lancaster. Lancaster Litfest. Available at the Lancaster Litfest website:                     https://litfest.org/springfest-podcast/

Articles and Reviews

•  2021 Review by Inés G. Labarta of That Was by Sarayu Srivatsa. Everybody’s Reviewing [blog] 28 October 2021. Available at: < http://everybodysreviewing.blogspot.com/2021/10/review-by-ines-g-labarta-of-that-was-by.html>

•  2019 Dark Ends. Lancaster & Morecambe Living. September/October Issue. p. 119.

•  2017 The Gothic Perils of the Academic Life. (Fantastika Magazine  1(1) pp. 243-246.

•  2017 Dystopias are the New How-To Books. Spirelei Magazine. Spring Issue. p. 25.

•  2017 How to Price your Art. Work in Progress. [blog] Available at: <https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/work-in-progress/category/inspire-me/guest-blog/>



Personal

Personal

Reports & invited lectures

  • Hystorytelling: bending genres to write an alternative version of history, presented at the ECW Research Seminar Series at Plymouth University, April 2022.
  • How to write gender fluid characters, presented at the Public Online Lecture Series in the University Centre Telford, University of Wolverhampton, May 2021.
  • All Our Writing Selves, presented at The University of Wolverhampton, April 2021.






Other academic activities

Impact

2022 Panellist and Interviewer in Litfest International Bookclub: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed at Lancaster Litfest with Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell and Bill Swainson. 14th of March.

2022 Host and Interviewer in Fiction: Daisy Johnson – Sisters at Lancaster Litfest with Daisy Johnson. 13th of March.

2022 Guest at Episode 25 from The Reading Ramble podcast by Lancashire Libraries. 3rd of March. Available at: <https://open.spotify.com/episode/4OTnMfvR3wBxlPAYHRESXt>

2019 Presenter and Interviewer in the Rise of the Novella panel at Lancaster Litfest with Sarah Moss and Carys Davies. 10th of March.

2018 Presenter and Interviewer with Andrew Michael Hurley during the launch of his book Devil’s Day at Lancaster Litfest. 22nd of March.

2018 Guest Writer at the Multilingualism in World Literature Conference at SOAS University of London.

2017 Guest at Hannah’s Bookshelf Podcast aired in North Manchester FM. 11th of November. 

Writing residencies

2019             Multilingual Creativities. Lancaster Litfest and Lancaster University.   

2017             Lancaster Words Festival. Lancaster University.

2015 - 2016        Northwest Literary Salon. Lancaster University and Waterstones Lancaster King Street.

Conference papers

  • Viscosity in The Book of Cow, presented at the IONA: Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic conference held at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada in April 2019.
  • When Science Fiction Explains the Present: Exploring Borders in Case File 477, presented at the 49th NEMLA conference held at Pittsburgh University (US) in April 2018.
  • Writing Hybrid Voices, presented at the Exploring Identity: Between Being and Belonging NWCDTP conference held at University of Liverpool in October 2017.
  • Tainted Cities: A Walk Through Bohane and Neo Dublin, presented at the Supernatural Cities: Gothic Cities conference held at the Limerick School of Art and design in April 2017.
  • 'Is it such a bad thing to become like me?’ Constructing Gender Fluid Characters, presented at Performing Fantastika conference held at Lancaster University in April 2017.
  • What video games can teach us about storytelling, presented at the NAWE conference held in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2016.
  • A Wordless Journey, presented at Play Me a Story Symposium held at Lancaster University in June 2016.
  • The Bull Fighter: A science-fiction novella, presented at the Science-Fiction Study Day held at Lancaster University in October 2016.
  • The Rabid Writer: How English and Other Languages Mutated My Brain and Violently Shaped McTavish Manor, presented at the Gothic Study Day held at Lancaster University in May 2016.


Additional information

Inés' was born in Madrid and lived in Ireland and Scotland before moving to England in 2014. Apart from writing and art, her other passions are hiking, mountains, running, coffee and apples.

Links

https://thewanderingbard.net/