UCL English


Dr Nick Shepley


Education and Experience

Nick Shepley studied English at Keble College, Oxford, where he received his MA (Oxon). He went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and spent two years teaching in Ondangwa, Namibia with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Nick received his MA (2006) and PhD (2010) from UCL, where he wrote his thesis on obliquity in the novels of Henry Green.


Nick's first book, Henry Green: Class, Style, and the Everyday will be published in August by Oxford University Press. The study investigates the "terrific dichotomy" of Henry Green and the indirectness and indeterminacy of the writing, arguing that Green's work is central to the development of the novel from the 1920s to the 1950s, acting as a vital bridge between late modernist, inter-war, post-war, and postmodern fiction.

Nick's second book is tentatively called: Good Morning, Midnight: Modernist Departures. It takes 1939 as one of many departure points (with the death of Freud, the publication of Finnegan's Wake, the start of World War 2, the last issue of The Criterion) to explore the state of literature at the mid-century, with a particular focus on the one-day novel. It will look at how this circadian form was adopted and adapted by authors such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Henry Green, Samuel Beckett, Jean Rhys, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Marguerite Duras in ways that might be seen to bridge (or emphatically fail to bridge) the period between the 1930s and the 1950s.

Nick is the organiser of “One Day in the City” (www.ucl.ac.uk/onedayinthecity): a bi-annual celebration of Literature and London at UCL. The 2014 event was sponsored by Harper's Bazaar, and included Kazuo Ishiguro, John Agard, Jonathan Coe, David Lodge and Will Self amongst its contributors. It also welcomed TILT and London Liming to offer UCL a mash up of spoken word, music and performance. Man Booker Prizes sponsored the 2012 event. Amongst the contributors were the novelists A.S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst and Adam Thirlwell; the poets Daljit Nagra, Mark Ford and Alan Jenkins; the filmmaker Chris Petit; and the iconic London voices of Iain Sinclair and Will Self. One Day in the City, 2016, will take place on 27th May.

Nick has co-curated a number of multi-media exhibitions. The first, in 2012, was entitled “One Day in the City” in UCL Art Museum (June 15 – December 14, 2012) and in the South Cloisters. It presented various everyday experiences of life in London over the centuries. In 2014, the exhibition - "Second Person Looking Out" - was a collaboration with UCL Art Museum and the Slade.


Henry Green: Class, Style, and the Everyday (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

'Foreword' in UCL Publishers' Prize for Student Writing 2015 (London: UCL Library, 2015)

One Day in the City 2012