Karen is course leader for the new BA (Hons) Creative Writing, commencing September 2019. The creative writing degree aims to equip students and graduates to embark upon a viable and productive writing life graduate in English Studies (language, literature and creative writing) Karen holds post graduate qualifications in specialist dyslexia tuition and in teaching in the post-compulsory sector.

Karen has taught across the University’s undergraduate and post graduate programmes developing writing as a creative practice and facilitating her Tactile Writing Workshops which break down barriers to both academic and creative writing. Karen is studying for a doctorate in education at Sheffield Hallam University. Her thesis title is Stories from an art institution: the writing lives of students with dyslexia. Her research method is narrative inquiry. Her research focuses on making writing a viable and rich contributor to creative practice, and a creative practice in its own right. She is committed to the democratic nature of writing, particularly its powerful role within the Arts University. This research is ongoing and to date has manifested itself in published written, oral and filmed formats.

Karen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal society of Arts. She is a member of NAWE, the national association of writer’s in education and a member of the Poetry Society. Her own practice is that of a short story writer, poet and art reviewer.

Contact Karen on 0113 2028052 or email karen.tobias-green@leeds-art.ac.uk

The art of writing about art- in 500 words or less! 
Karen Tobias-Green demonstrates how to write in a meaningful and accessible way about contemporary art in 500 words, taking into account audience, media and content. Mitra Saboury: Growth Spurt, The Arthouse Wakefield, Corridor8, September 2018

Journal articles

Tobias-Green, K. 2017.Challenging the cult of normalcy: Arts education and transdisciplinary practices. Journal of Visual Inquiry. Volume 6, Number 3, December 2017, pp. 335-346(12)

Tobias-Green, K. 2015. ‘Portraits of a Queen: the photography of Paul Bennett- Todd.’ Journal of Arts Writing by Students, 1(1): 85-89.

Tobias-Green, K. 2014. ‘The role of the agreement: Art students, dyslexia, reading and writing.’ Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 13 (2): 189-199. Tobias-Green, K. 2013. ‘Exploring layers of meaning.’ Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 6 (2): 325-328

Tobias-Green, K. 2005. ‘Working with Non-Traditional Learners’ Journal for Research and Practice in Adult literacy, RaPAL, Autumn Edition 2005.

Conference presentations

Tobias-Green, K and Taylor, C (2018) Keynote presentation Walking with/and string figure/ing: SF Provocations for Slow Scholarship at High Performance in Blurry times, Sheffield Hallam University Institute of Art

Tobias-Green, K and Taylor, C (2018) Keynote presentation Walking with/and string figure/ing: SF provocations with hand and voice at PHeMaterialism Pedagogies, University College London, April 2018.

‘Challenging the cult of normalcy in higher education’, (paper delivered by webinar,) Is there room for mature learners in art education? Leeds Arts University (UK) and SIM University, Singapore, 3 September 2016.

‘Walls have ears, and they have voices too: positioning narratives in an art institution’, at the 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Qualitative inquiry in neo-liberal times at the University of Illinois 18th-21st May 2016.

‘Under the radar: communities of practice, value issues and recognising the existence and worth of alternative pedagogies’ at the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) 44th congress Social Justice, Equality And Solidarity in Education, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 9th-11th march, 2016.

‘Not dead yet: narrative and archive’ The Process Continues symposium, Leeds Arts University, January 2015.

Paper/performance delivered at Cross/Multi/inter /trans Biennial conference f the association for the study of literature and environment, UK and Ireland in association with LAND2, landscape, place and visual arts network Telling and Re-telling our tales: From the Italian alps to the Yorkshire Moors. 7th September 2017 Sheffield Hallam University

Other Publications: Fiction

‘Leaving Present’ (short fiction) Structo Journal issue 7, winter/spring 2012 http://issuu.com/structo/docs/issue7/20

‘The Swimming Pool’ Gold Dust magazine, issue 21, summer 2012

‘Leaving Present’ (collected fiction) in From Barcelona to Bihar, 2012: Early Works Press https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barcelona-Bihar-Stories-That-Travel/dp/1906451583

‘Fiesta’ (short fiction) Gold Dust magazine, winter 2011

‘Thirst’ (poetry) Runner up FirstWriters.com international poetry competition, November 2010


‘The Land, Das Land, La Terra’ (poetry). The artist’s house, Canale di Tenno, Italy. April 2017 ‘Walking in Urbana: 20 Images’ (presentation/reading). Live Arts Development Agency, Walking Women. Somerset House, London. 17th July, 2016

Art Writing

Forthcoming: Printmaking today commissioned article on the work of The Arthouse, Wakefield (Autumn 2018)

Mitra Saboury: Growth Spurt, The Arthouse Wakefield, Corridor8, September 2018

Simona Brinkman Over ride, The Arthouse, Corridor8, April 2018

Paint North at Lady Beck, Leeds, Corridor 8 March 2018

‘Ailsa Read: The Witches Walk’, Leeds Arts University. Corridor8 March 2017

‘X≠Y: How to put up a shelf (V)’, Leeds Arts University. Corridor8, April 2017

Stella Baraklianou: Island. The Wind Constantly’ at Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. Corridor8, May 2017

‘Laurence Figgis: (After) After’, Leeds Arts University, Leeds. Corridor8, Sept 2017

‘Refinding: Jessie Flood-Paddock with Kenneth Armitage’, the Tetley, Leeds. Corridor8, July 2017

Research interests: Creative writing, narrative inquiry, post-humanist research methodologies.