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Hatty Nestor

Convenor, Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (BA)

Areas of interest

Creative nonfiction
Hybrid writing
Queer, trans* and feminist studies
Psychosocial studies
Visual Cultures and performance
Disability Studies
Critical Prison Studies
Oral Histories
Publishing Practices
Archival Science


Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (BA)
Introduction to Creative Writing (BA)
This Writing Life: Get Published, Keep Going (MA)
Project Development (MA)


Dr Hatty Nestor is a poet, nonfiction writer and critic. Working across these genres, her work explores questions of art, ethics, and feminism, to confront contemporary issues related to gender and justice. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests focus on marginalised voices and questions of memorialisation and archives, as demonstrated in her forthcoming book that explores the legacy of the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta.

Her first book Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice was published in 2021 by Zer0 Books, and uncovered forms of representation in the US criminal justice system. It investigates the representation of the incarcerated in the United States criminal justice system. Through wide-ranging interviews and creative nonfiction, it explores the roles of prison portraiture, such as courtroom sketches, DNA profiling, and the incarceration of Chelsea Manning. It was supported by Art Council England’s National Lottery Project Grant. The Aching Poem was also published in 2021 by Boise State Press, and documented states of chronic pain, health care services and gendered experiences of the body.

Hatty’s writing has appeared in Frieze, The Times Literary Supplement, Granta, Tribune, The White Review, and many other publications. She has also been commissioned by galleries in the UK and abroad for exhibition texts and interviews, including The Royal College of Art and Stems, Brussels. Prior to Reading, Hatty held positions at Birkbeck University of London, The Glasgow School of Art, and the Sandberg Instiuut, been a visiting fellow at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and MACBA, Barcelona, and worked as a lead researcher on the AHRC-funded Feminist Queer Archives group at Goldsmiths College. She has run writing workshops at several art galleries and cultural institutions such as the ICA and Jerwood Arts and has been a writer in residence at organisations including CCA in Glasgow, Cove Park, Scotland, Jerwood Arts, London.

Academic qualifications

PhD in Creative Writing and Gender Studies, Birkbeck University of London
MA in Critical Writing, The Royal College of Art
BA (Hons) in Art History, Goldsmiths University of London

Awards and honours

AHRC International Fellowship – Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 2022
CHASE/AHRC PhD Funding, 2019-2023
Royal College of Art Final Major Project Award 2017
Royal College of Art Scholarship Fund 2014/15

Selected publications

Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice, 2021 (Zer0 Books)

The Aching Poem, 2021 (Boise State Press)
Corposants, Hannah Regel and Hatty Nestor, Montez Press, 2017 (Montez Press)

Edited Books:
Bodies Proximity Place at MAP magazine (2022)
Meet Me in the Present: Documents and their Afterlives, Royal College of Art (2017)

Journal Articles:
‘Feminism’s Un/Common Rituals, the Affective Afterlife of Ana Mendieta.’ Gestures, Manchester University Press (forthcoming)

‘Coming Out of the Closet, Also on the News? A Longitudinal Content Analysis of Patterns in Visibility, Tone, and Framing of LGBTs on Television News’ (1986-2017) Gender Forum, 2021

‘Tracing Mendieta, Mendieta’s Trace’ MAI Journal of Feminist Studies, 2021

Court Sketcher, Granta, 2021

Facing Future Feelings – The Portrait of Chelsea Manning, The White Review, 2018