Kenneth Pratt

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20122018

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Ken has a Ph (D) from Glasgow University for his novel Hunting Captain Henley -'at its best it's as good as Conrad's Heart of Darkness' - Willy Maley - Professor of Renaissance Studies, Glasgow University. His post-doctoral work is published in The European Journal of Life Writing (University of Amsterdam). His 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 April 2021 he was published in The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies journal (University of California) - New Solutions, Merging Academic and journalistic research with the literary to improve international development journalism and his investigative journalism is most recently published in The Sunday Times - Nuclear Deal May Fund Scottish Army (August 2020), Scots Clinical Director Jason Leitch's Indian Charity Accused of 'dastardly acts' (Nov 2020).  In the past he has spoken at City University in London where he presented a paper on Journalism Education in a Global Context and invited to East Sussex University 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 2019 he presented at The World Journalism Congress in Paris.  He 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 editing his new novel  - Blitzed - an alternative view of The Clydebank Blitz (presently with Guts publishing) and is interested in innovative approaches to combining literary reportage with mainstream journalism.

Overview

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member of The Association of Literary Journalism Studies

17 Jan 201014 Jan 2018

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