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Gilly Smith

The Academic


Until 2016, I was a senior lecturer in Multiplatform Broadcast Journalism and Broadcast Media at the University of Brighton and a visiting lecturer in writing and storytelling across various courses and disciplines. I loved nothing more than getting my students to work with industry professionals, talent and other students and showing them how to learn on the job, network and find out what the media world really looks like. I taught like I produce, and am always looking for the most interesting and relevant way to tell a story, dig deeper and have more fun.

As an academic, my research was largely about TV chefs and their role in the British food revolution over the last 20 years. My book ‘Taste and the TV Chef, how TV Taught us to Eat’ tells the story modern British food culture that I argue TV created and sold to the world.  Here’s one of the articles already published in Journal of Media Practice that sets the scene.

Here’s a recent article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Marketing Management on 20th Jan 2015

Academic Publications


Nigellissima: The Making of Nigella, Caine R., Wheaton H., Massey L., Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society, Toronto, Waterhill Publishing, 27-33

Nigellissima: a study of glamour, performativity and embodiment, Journal of Marketing Management, 31(5-6), 577-598



Dream writing: a new creative writing technique for secondary schools?, English in Education, , 47(3), 245-260



Barthes on Jamie: myth and the TV revolutionary, Journal of Media Practice, , 13(1), Intellect,


The Write Rhythm, Stephen Andrew Arbury, The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology, Athens, Greece, Atiner Publications, 255-259



Blogging and the creative process, Journal of Media Practice, , 11(3), Intellect, 281 287



Smith G: ‘The Sussex House Party: Food for Thought;’ Writing in Education Vol 49 pp 60-63


Conference Presentations


Nigellissima: The Making of Nigella. Bridging Gaps: Centre for media and Celebrity Studies, Toronto. May 2015



Fourth International Conference on Food Studies, Monash University, Prato . Conference presentation: Taste and the TV Chef: October 2014


12th Conference on Gender, Marketing and Consumer Behavior. Conference presentation with Lorna Stevens (UWS) and Benedetta Capellini (RHUL): Helsinki, Aalto University. Nigellissima: Performativity and Authenticity in a Study of Glamour. June 2014



The Inaugural Early Career Research Conference: Crossing Disciplines and Building Research Communities; University of Brighton. Conference presentation: Taste and the TV Chef: From Barthes to Baudrillard, How TV Food Constructs Who We Are and What We Eat.   June 2013





‘Eupop 2012’ Inaugural Conference of the European Popular Culture Association, London University of the Arts. Conference presentation: Barthes on Jamie: Myth and the TV Revolutionary. July 2012



Emerging Research Paradigms In Business and Social Science, Middlesex University in Dubai: ‘Barthes and Jamie O: a Dream Team for Social Change?’ Nov 2011


‘Provocations II,’ University of Brighton: ’The Write Rhythm’ July 2011 ‘Atiner,’ 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens: ‘The Write Rhythm’ June 2011



University of Brighton’s Learning and Teaching Conference : ‘The Write Rhythm,’ July 2010



‘The Big Reveal  II:’ Lifestyle TV Conference, 29-30 May 2009; University of Brighton. Presentation: Chicken in the Basket to Poultry Politics: TV chefs and their influence on British Food Culture


Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories: Postgraduate Research Conference. 3rd June 2009: InQbate, University of Sussex Presentation: Capturing The Memories


Conference Organisation

‘Stories for Screen’. University of Brighton with Cine City and the University of Brighton Media Research Group 2011, 201

My Masters in Arts and Cultural Research explores the widening chasm between those who can write and those who can’t, and looks at innovative ways of encouraging young people to write more confidently and creatively. Entitled ‘The Write Rhythm’, it looks at what we can learn from the teaching of dynamics and phrasing in Dance in performing arts schools in a unique collaboration between English and Dance departments.

I also examine the use of creative writing techniques in accessing greater creativity in business. My workshops such as ‘What’s in a Word?’ and ‘Sniffing out the Story’  are part of the University’s Economic and Social Engagement programme, as well as being available through my independent consultancy. Check out the Writing Coach page on this site or contact for more.


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