Dr Charley Barnes


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Dr Charley Barnes is an academic, crime writer, and poet based in Worcester, UK. She was appointed as Worcestershire's Poet Laureate for 2019-20 and is a lecturer at no fewer than three Universities in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

Her crime writing covers everything from psychological thrillers to good old-fashioned detective work. She is currently working on her fourth novel. 


Charley is also the Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews and the Writer-in-Residence for The Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall and Worcester Rep.​


  • BA (Hons) in English and English language 

  • MA (with Distinction) in Creative Writing 

  • PhD in Creative Writing



  • Two years lecturing as a Post-Graduate Teaching Associate

  • Several years lecturing as a Visiting Lecturer

  • Several years tutoring on a one-to-one basis

  • Three years as an editor for a review website that I developed and established myself

  • Eight years as a freelance writer and reviewer for a series of different online publications 

  • Two years working as Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews

For more information about Charley and her work please visit www.charleybarneswriter.com