Professor of Creative Writing
Norwich, UNITED KINGDOM
She is the author of 14 books & much of her writing has drawn on landscapes, the environment & climate change.
Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing
M.Sc., Social Anthropology
B.A., English Literature
Specialist in International Relations; Major in English Literature; Minor in Latin American Studies.
New York Times online
No minority in history has received more literary attention than the white tribe of Africa. When will we tire of the damaged, entitled, drunk, stylish, adulterous and increasingly marginalized whites who merely accessorize a continent of more than a billion black Africans? We’ll have to stop soon — but not before indulging in Jean McNeil’s flawed yet compulsively readable novel. To be sure, “The Dhow House” is no colonial relic.view more
New York Times online
Jean McNeil has written a trinity of books about Antarctica: a novel, a book of poetry and, now, a nonfiction account of the time she spent as a writer in residence with the British Antarctic Survey. A wide-ranging hybrid of travel and nature writing, history, memoir, climatology and philosophy, her latest shines with McNeil’s exceedingly precise and supple language.view more
Jean McNeil’s latest book, a memoir, recounts her months in Antarctica as a writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, charged with translating complex data on climate change into the compelling stuff of ﬁction. This stunning and austere icescape exerts a magnetic pull on the author’s imagination, magnifying her lifelong sense of homelessness and desolation.view more
Toronto Star online
In case you thought, as I did, that the Antarctic is largely a colourless void, Ice Diaries: A Memoir will set you straight. Jean McNeil, who a decade ago lived for four months on this most isolated of continents, paints a very different picture of a place brimming with colour, rich in its dual character of serenity and threat: “This was our world, at four in the morning: mountains, ice, water, sky, all lit in lava, tangerine, mauve and that dark black-purple of dog’s gums, like a bonfire when the embers have burnt low.”view more
University of Manchester - 2020 Manchester, U.K.
Being Human Festival - 2019 London, U.K.
2019 Kent, U.K.
2019 Buxton, Derbyshire, U.K.
2018 Siena, Italy