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Kenneth Pratt

Mr, Dr, Dr Ken Pratt, Dr

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Ken has a Ph (D) from Glasgow University for his novel Hunting Captain Henley. His post-doctoral work is published in The European Journal of Life Writing (University of Amsterdam). Ken's journalism has appeared in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He was a finalist at The Guardian International Development Journalism awards for his reportage from Uganda/DR Congo and is published in the AJE (Association for Journalism Education) journal. In January 2018 he was invited to speak at City University in London where he presented a paper on Journalism Education in a Global Context: What best practice is emerging for learning and teaching where cohorts of journalism students are made up of individuals from different countries, cultures and traditions - preparing students to work across borders. His research paper (awaiting publication in the AJE, Association for Journalism Education Journal 2018) examines the necessary shifting symbiosis between global NGO's and journalists in light of the 2018 Oxfam scandal. In June 2017 he was invited to present an academic paper at East Sussex University and to read from his new novel Take Me To Neuville (Hanbury Agency, London) and to examine aspects of the literary alter-ego and its impact on literary reportage and journalism. In July 2016 he was invited to speak at the World Journalism Congress at The University of Auckland and he has previously presented his literary reportage at the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where his work was reviewed as original and inspirational. An ex-newspaper reporter Ken was previously a staffer at The Sunday Post in Glasgow and The Sunday Sun in Newcastle. He was one of the first reporters on the scene at The Lockerbie Disaster as well as covering the collapse of communism in Russia and the First Gulf War (from Jerusalem). He has interviewed Lech Walesa in Gdansk, run with English football hooligans in Genoa, and infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan for The Scotsman newspaper. He is presently researching new ethical approaches to journalism in preparation for the World Journalism Congress Conference in Paris (2019) where he will present his findings on a new 'Working' website (merging print and broadcast cultures) he is developing in the tradition of Pulitzer Prize winning US journalist Studs Terkel. 


Ken aims to combine his academic research with both his journalistic and literary fiction output. He is interested in developing aspects of literary reportage in tandem with new ethical journalism formulations, within a strictly applied format.

Desired research direction

Ken's research looks at developing connections between life writing, literary reportage and Journalism. His research looks at the limitations of mainstream journalism and examines methods to develop new forms of journalistic expression.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Aspects of political extremism, particularly fascism. During his time as a staff reporter Ken infiltrated extreme right-wing groups. 

Current research activities

Ken is in the process of developing collaborative journalism projects/material built around his own literary reportage

External positions

Member of The Association of Literary Journalism Studies

17 Jan 201014 Jan 2018


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