Ray French

Lecturer/ Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465560

Ray French's novels All This Is Mine and Going Under have been translated into several languages and optioned for films.

His most recent book was End Notes, which he co-edited with Kath Mckay, while his first book, The Red Jag and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Silver Pen Award.

Ray is one of four male authors whose memoirs are featured in the AHRC-funded collection Four Fathers (2006) which they toured nationwide.

His short story ‘Migration’ was included in the Best European Fiction 2013 anthology. Ray's next novel is Welcome To The Reservation.


Research Interests

  • The second generation Irish experience in fiction and memoir

  • Creative non fiction and memoir

  • Writers and location

  • Mourning and commemoration

Research groups

  • Taught creative writing and creative non fiction at the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds College of Art, and for Yorkshire Arts Circus and the Open College of The Arts.

  • Taught residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation, a charitable organisation that promotes creative writing, based in the Free Word Centre for literature, literacy and free expression in London.

  • Runs courses and workshops for libraries, museums, schools, community groups and refugees


Ray French and Kath McKay (eds), End Notes: Ten stories about loss, mourning and commemoration, including two of his stories. AHRC-funded project available as a free download from Amazon and Kobo, Edge Publishing (2017)

Ray French, Going Under , Vintage, Fleuve Noir and Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (2007)

Ray French, ‘Oblique Strategies’, essay on second generation Irish writers, Collected - Royal Literary Fund (2017)

Ray French, All This Is Mine, Vintage, (2003), translated into Dutch as Allemaal van mij, Mouria (2004) and into Italian as Tutto Questo E Mio, Einaudi (2004)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • The Writer’s Toolkit (Level 4)

  • Narrative and Narration (Level 4)

  • The Storyteller’s Art (Level 5)

  • Creative Writing Portfolio (Level 6)

  • Writing the Novel (Levels 5 and 6)

  • Writing The City (Level 6)

  • Writing The Novel (MA)

Research PhDs

Ray welcomes PhD proposals from students working on a novel, a collection of short stories or creative non-fiction.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Rachel Knightley (novel)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Studying for the HEA Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Religious Studies, University of Lancaster (1980)

External roles

  • Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds Trinity (2006-2008) and the University of Leeds Geography Department (2012-2013), giving one-to-one tuition to students on writing essays.

  • Royal Literary Fund Lector, running a reading group in the community in Leeds. A project that proved so successful it has been rolled out across the North of England (2015-2017)

Awards and accolades

  • Co-investigator, with Kath McKay, on a successful AHRC funding bid, led by David Kennedy, to publish the ebook End Notes and provide writing workshops and a 'Death Café' on campus, securing funding of £21,000. This project which was part of the multi-disciplinary AHRC Research Network project, 'Crossing Over: New Narratives of Death', investigating the changing face of contemporary death, bereavement and commemoration (2017)

  • With three other writers, received a 'Time To Write' Arts Council grant of £5,000 (2005), and a 'Writers On Tour' Arts Council grant of £11,000 (2006) to publish Four Fathers and perform the work across the country to a wide range of audiences

Professional highlights

  • Wrote an article on his 'Top Ten Black Comedies' for the Guardian Online, following the publication of Going Under (2007)

  • Presented ‘Silence And Shame’, a paper on second generation Irish short stories in the UK, at the Vienna Conference on the Short Story in English (2014)

  • Gave a talk, ‘We shall overcome: From Alabama to Derry, the Irish Civil Rights Movement’, for the Culture Café programme, University of Hull (2016)