Sheenagh Pugh

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:21

Writer of "The Democratic Genre", this writer, poet and lecturer lifts the lid on 'fan fiction' ...


Sheenagh Pugh is a poet, novelist and lecturer in creative writing who got interested in reading fan fiction ('fanfic') some years ago. She then realised it was the one genre nobody had written a critical study of. This she has put right with the publication of "The Democratic Genre", which, according to Elizabeth Bennet’s review in The Independent, is "a lively book which lovingly details fan writers' private language".

She has published nine collections of poetry and translations, plus a Selected Poems and a sort-of mini-Selected, and two novels. She translates poems mainly from German but sometimes also from French and Ancient Greek. She read German and Russian at the University of Bristol.

Sheenagh's interests include language, history, northern landscapes from Shetland to the Arctic and all points in between, snooker, mortality, cyberspace (she spends massive amounts of time playing "The Sims") and above all, people. She likes to use poems to commemorate people and places, sometimes to amuse, to have a go at things she doesn’t like (censorship, intolerance, pomposity) and above all to entertain.

She has won many prizes and awards, including the Forward Prize for best single poem of 1998, the Bridport Prize, the PHRAS prize, the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (twice) and the British Comparative Literature Association's Translation Prize. Her poems have been included in several anthologies, notably "Poems on the Underground" and "The Hutchinson Book of Post-War British Poetry". They have also been set to music, have appeared on the trams of Helsinki and the St Petersburg Underground, and have been translated into German, French, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Spanish and Dutch.

Sheenagh lives in Cardiff and works at the University of Glamorgan. "The Democratic Genre" is published by Seren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Her web site is at, and she wastes most of her life online. A review of Sheenagh's new book can be found at: The Independent Online Website.


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