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Is going to be a three part video series the UM Admissions Office is creating.  Check out Lindsey as we just finished our first video!  Hope you enjoy.


Dr. Graeme Harper recently joined the University of Montevallo family as the Vacca Professor of Liberal Arts for the spring semester.

Harper comes to Montevallo from Australia by way of Wales, where he is Director of Research in the College of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University.

Harper is interested in creativity of all sorts. He holds doctorates in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and from the University of Technology, Sydney.

A fiction writer, Harper has published many novels and short story collections, including Camera Phone, Moon Dance, and Small Maps of the World (under the name of his alter ego, Brooke Biaz). He is also a widely published advocate of critical thinking in the creative arts, is the director of the international Creative Writing Conference, editor-in-chief of the Routledge New Writing series and chair of higher education for the National Association of Writers in Education in the UK.

At UM, Harper is teaching a course titled Creativity: Actions, Artifacts and Them Apples, which explores the interplay of creative knowledge and critical understanding. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to live in central Alabama near a swamp.

Harper, fascinated by the way technology creates connections, will be conducting a number of video link-ups with writers from across the world.

On Monday, Feb. 8, there will be a live video link-up with British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion via state-of-the-art teleconferencing facilities in the Malone Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

This transatlantic chat, the first of its kind on this campus, is organized by Graeme with technical assistance from the College of Education and Technology Services.  It will give twenty or more UM creative writing students an opportunity to talk with one of the most celebrated poets in the English-speaking world. A reception will follow at 12:30, and Harper will be available for brief interviews at that time.

Harper, his wife Louise and their son Tyler are living in Hill House this semester and are eager to get involved in the UM community. He can be reached at

(Courtesy of The University of Montevallo Public Relations Office)


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