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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching, University of Glamorgan (2009)
Ph.D University of Wales, Aberystwyth University (2006).


I am a senior lecturer in Human Geography, with research and teaching interests in cultural and historical geography.


I teach on a range of modules and fieldwork across all years, alongside supervision of MSc students. I am currently engaged in several funded research projects, the most notable of which is a British Academy funded project that explores the nature of en-route writing in the literary craft of Anthony Trollope.


Award Leader BSc (Hons) Landscape Studies
Award Leader for the Diploma in Higher Education (Marine Science)


Saunders, A. (2016), Interpretations on an Interior. Literary Geographies, 1 (2), pp.174-194

Saunders, A. Anderson, J. (2016), Editorial: Relational Literary Geography: Co-producing Page and Place. Literary Geographies, 1 (2), pp.115-119.

Moles, K. Saunders, A. (2015), Ragged places and smooth surfaces: audio walks as practices of making and doing the city, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2 (1-2), pp.151-164.

Saunders, A. (2014) Violating the domestic: unmaking home in Edwardian fiction, Home Cultures, 11 (2), pp.219-236.

Saunders, A. (2013) The spatial event of writing: John Galsworthy and the creation of Fraternity. Cultural Geographies, 20 (3), pp.285-298.

Saunders, A. (2013), Recovering the street:relocalising urban geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (4), pp.536-546.

Saunders, A. Moles, K. (2013) The spatial practice of public engagement: ‘doing’ geography in the South Wales valleys. Social and Cultural Geography, 14 (1), pp.23-40.

Saunders, A. Jenkins, S. (2012) Absent Fear: re-envisioning a future geography. Futures, 44 (5), pp.494-503.

Saunders, A. (2011) Re-visiting the Skills Agenda: a complicated geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (4), pp.465-477.

Whalley, B. Saunders, A. Lewis, R. Buenemann, M. Sutton, P. (2011) Curriculum Development – producing geographers for the 21st century. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (3), pp.379-393.

Moles, K. Saunders, A. (2011) Audio Walks: the purpose, practice and politics of production, WISERD/MBS002 (

Saunders, A. (2011) Exhibiting the Field for Learning: telling New York’s stories. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (2), pp.185-197.

Saunders, A. (2010) Literary Geography: reforging the connections. Progress in Human Geography, 34 (4), pp.436-452

Saunders, A. (2008) The Practice of the Text: arts of conversation, arts of writing. Historical Geography, 36, pp. 94-111.

Book Chapters:
Saunders, A. (2016) The spatial practices of writing: Arnold Bennett and the possibilities of literary GIS, in D. Cooper, C. Donaldson, P. Murrieta-Flores (Eds), Literary Mapping in the Digital Age.

Saunders, A. Moles, K. (2014): Sound response: the public reception of audio walks, in: J. Lossau, Q. Stevens, (Eds), The Uses of Art in Public Space, Ashgate.
Saunders, A. (2013), An identity crisis: creating extreme identities in an era of counter-terrorism, in: I. Awan, B. Blakemore, (Eds), Extremism, Counter-terrorism and Policing, Ashgate.

Saunders, A. (2012): Posting over seas: the travelling tales of Anthony Trollope, in: J. Tivers, T. Rakic, (Eds), Narratives of Travel and Tourism, Ashgate

Book Reviews:
November. 2012: A European tradition: tensions, dilemmas, and boundaries in the writing of the past. Review of Hamnett, B.R. 2011: ‘The Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Europe: representations of reality in history and fiction’, OUP. H-Net Book Review.

May 2012: Novel times: sixty years of change in English literary culture. Review of J. Kucich, J. Bourne Taylor (Eds.), The Nineteenth-Century Novel, 1820-1880, OUP. H-Net Book Review.

September 2008: Building Bridges across Modernity. Review of Dennis, R. 2008: ‘Cities in Modernity: representations and productions of metropolitan space, 1840-1930’, CUP. H-net Book Review.

April 2007: The Art of Reputation. Review of Waller, R. 2006: ‘Writers, Readers and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain, 1870-1918, OUP. H-net Book Review.


Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Associate of the Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)


Editorial Board membership:
Literary Geographies


BBC Wales; Ebbw Vale audio walk project


My research interests coalesce around the cultural and historical geographies of literary practice, knowledge making and material culture in the period 1860-1930. Alongside this, I have an interest in contemporary art, particularly sound and digital storytelling, and its production, performance and curation. The unifying theme of my work, therefore, is the geographies of creativity and I practise this in three main ways.

The first is through my interest in literary geography, where I am concerned with the historical geographies of literary practice and textuality. The focus of my work in recent years has been with writers and spaces considered to sit ‘outside modernism’. ‘Outside modernism’ has often denoted stylistic conservatism and suburban comfort. Through a focus on ideas of practice, both in terms of how a text operates and is made, I am interested in how a focus on craft can trouble some of these labels.

Secondly, my work attends to the spaces of knowledge production with respect to both literature and art. The former is historical in inflection and attends to the material and textual spaces of making. Recent areas of interest are the micro space of the study, the club land of metropolitan London, and the space of the literary work book. It is work that explores patterns of influence, technologies of creation such as letters, and social gatherings in order to examine how texts and reputations were made socially and spatially. The artistic inflection is more contemporary in focus and examines communities of practice within the field of sound art. This work is interested in the relationship between place, emotion and affect in the production and consumption of local knowledges.

Thirdly, my work focuses around the narratives and narration of everyday life. To date, much of this work has been contemporary in focus, taking form through an interest in public and community-led sound and digital art practice. It is work that is strongly participatory and ethnographic in method, exploring how groups narrate and perform their place in a mobile world.

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