Karen is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Creative Writing, commencing September 2019. The degree aims to equip students and graduates to embark upon a viable and productive writing life.

A graduate in English Studies (language, literature and creative writing) Karen holds postgraduate qualifications in specialist dyslexia tuition and in teaching in the post-compulsory sector.

Karen has taught across the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes developing writing as a creative practice. She has delivered her hands on Tactile Writing Workshops - which break down barriers to both academic and creative writing – at universities, for community groups and at the Leeds Poetry Festival and Ilkley Literature Festival. . Karen received her doctorate in Education in 2020. Her research method is narrative inquiry and 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. She is included in this year’s Paracombe Prize short story anthology and was a runner up in the 2019 Winchester poetry prize.

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 writers in education, and a member of the Poetry Society. Her own practice is that of a short story writer, poet and art reviewer.


Osgood, J., Taylor, C., Andersen, C. E., Benozzo, A., Carey, N., Elmenhorst, C., Fairchild, N., Koro, M., Moxnes, A., Otterstad, A. M., Rantala, T., and Tobias-Green, K. (2019) ‘Conferencing otherwise: a feminist new materialist writing experiment’, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies.

Tobias-Green, K. (2017) ‘Challenging the cult of normalcy: art education and transdisciplinary practices’, Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art, 6 (3), pp. 335-346.

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

Tobias-Green, K. (2015) ‘Unpicking the past: Debra Roberts’ textile archaeology’, Yorkshire Art Journal. January 2015.

Tobias-Green, K. (2015) ‘Karen Tobias-Green’, PhD by Design – Instant Journal #1: Making knowledge travel, pp. 28-29

Tobias-Green, K. (2014) ‘The role of the agreement: Art students, dyslexia, reading and writing’, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 13 (2), pp. 189-199.

Tobias-Green, K. (2014) ‘I only see what the camera sees – the digital pinhole photography of Chris Ireland’, Yorkshire Art Journal. November 2014.

Tobias-Green, K. (2013) ‘Students with dyslexia, visual language and written language: forging links’, Journal for Research and Practice in Adult literacy, 80, pp. 17-19.

Tobias-Green, K. (2013) ‘Exploring layers of meaning’, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 6 (2), pp. 325-328.

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


Tobias-Green, K. (2017) Walking in Urbana. The Rotunda, Leeds Arts University, Leeds. 27 January – 18 April 2017.

Conferences, Talks & Presentations

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

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

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

Tobias-Green, K. (2015) ‘Not dead yet: narrative and archive’, The Process Continues Symposium. Leeds Arts University. January 2015.


Tobias-Green, K. (2016) ‘Walking in Urbana: 20 images’, Walking Women, Live Arts Development Agency (LADA). Somerset House, London. 17 July 2016.