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Victoria Zoe Callus

Languages and Literature, Nottingham Trent University

Thesis title:

Paper Cuts: Investigating Paper Affect in Contemporary Experimental Literature

My research entails a creative-critical project that will explore the relationship between contemporary experimental literature and the paper medium by studying print-based work from the past twenty years, focusing on emergent and critically neglected texts.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


'Wade and Daffodils', March 2020 – video – short story reading to support Geoff Nicholson at Five Leaves Nottingham (event moved online; video published via UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature and Nottingham Creative Writing Hub's websites)

'Breezy', May 2020 – video – poem performed online for Nottstopping Festival

'Making the Cut', May 2020 – paper given at NTU Work in Progress Seminar

'Across the Switchboard', June 2020 – poem published on the Dial-A-Poem app

'Out of Context', July 2020 – short film and poster published during the M4C Digital Research Festival

'Inside', July 2020 – poem published in VOICES Anthology

'Telephones in Haruki Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart', September 2020 – short extract written for the Telepoetics telephone exhibition

'On Making Cuts', December 2020 – Creative-critical piece for Practice Sharing, a collection of presentations about language-based artistic research.


M4C Digital Research Festival 2020: Presented 'Out of Context' (digital poster – selected for the Learning Toolbox showcase)

Public Engagement & Impact

Currently a Lead Writer on NTU's WRAP (Writing and Reading for Pleasure) Programme (2020– ).

Other Research Interests

Film studies; visual art; languages.



Critical Poetics

Arts Emergency

Nottingham Creative Writing Hub

Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group


English (mother tongue/ first language)

Maltese (native language)

Italian (second language)

French (independent/intermediate)

Spanish (basic comprehension and conversation)

Currently learning Japanese.

Scholarships and Awards

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC, 2019-2023)

Research Pathway Scholarship (NTU, 2018-2019)

Carcanet Press/ PN Review Prize (NTU, 2018)

Malta Arts Scholarship (2017-2018)