New voices and reflections along the way.


The Online ThoughtDump of the MFA creative writing program at Kingston University, London.


No Dead White Men represents an ambition to go beyond the long-established and out-dated literary canon of Dead White Men. To contribute to the making of a new modern canon. Or perhaps to abolish it.

For present and former students, alumni, tutors and colleagues where ideas may be shared, recycled, restored, upgraded or simply left to burn!

Random and organised thoughts, Events, Trends, Comments, News – including writing competitions, calls for submissions, residency posts, Aimless communications, and even some writing may appear across these virtual pages.

And here’s the bureaucratic tosh: Any comments or opinions submitted on these pages are those of the individual. It ends there.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frances Spurrier
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 14:21:42

    Stuart thanks for your great work on the site.

    I’m not keen on the title since it is unlikely that any dead white males will be posting to the blog, and if we’re saying we ignore their work then that includes most of the literary canon. Like it or not.


  2. pallavispoojary
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:42:41

    I wonder what the blog title implies!


  3. paige
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 21:04:40

    I keep coming back here, excited about the fact of a KWS blog and wanting to contribute… but I just can’t get past the title. Surely we all understand now that artistic merit transcends colour, sex and, well, existential status, but are also humble and wise enough to appreciate greatness that has preceded us, whatever its origin? Is this site really dedicated to a wholesale rejection of all that has gone before, just because? Any chance of a rethink or am I just in the wrong place?


  4. Emily Foster
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 23:05:23

    I’m guessing the ‘no dead white men’ is a bit of a dig at schools and colleges that only teach about classic poets and writers who have been dead for decades like Wordsworth or Dickens, rather than teaching people to actually write and take pride in original work themselves.


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