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Dr Malachi McIntosh

BA South Florida, MA East Ang, MA KCL, PhD Warw


Malachi McIntosh is the Barbara Pym Tutorial Fellow in English at St Hilda’s. At the college, he teaches Prelims papers 3, ‘Literature in English 1830-1910’, and 4, ‘Literature in English 1910-Present’.

Prior to joining St Hilda’s, Malachi was the Editor and Publishing Director of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing, and created its podcast, which he continues to host, Craft. Prior to that, Malachi co-led the Runnymede Trust’s award-winning Our Migration Story history education project; lectured at the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Goldsmiths, University of London; and worked for Teach First — initially as an English teacher in a South Croydon high school.

Malachi’s research is primarily focused on Caribbean and Black British writing, in particular writing produced in the 1950s-1980s. He is also interested in inter- and post-world-war-era writing from the French Caribbean, and broader diaspora, world literature, and postcolonial literary studies.

He writes fiction and criticism.


- Parables, Fables, Nightmares [short stories] (Birmingham: The Emma Press, 2023)

- (ed.) Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Samuel Selvon (Kingston: Ian Randle, 2016)

- Emigration and Caribbean Literature (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Selected Articles, Stories, and Chapters

- ‘Images of Transcendence: “Crisis Always” and the New Black British Poets’, Études Anglaises 76:1 (2023), pp. 31-46.

- (w/ Claire Alexander and Sundeep Lidher), ‘Our Migration Story: History, the National Curriculum, and Re-Narrating the British Nation’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies special issue History, Memory and Migrations, ed. by Christophe Bertossi and Jan Willem Duyvendak (2020).

- ‘A Game of Chess’, The Book of Birmingham (Manchester: Comma Press, 2018), pp. 93-103.

- ‘A Love Story’, Under the Radar 18 (2016), pp. 66-68.

- ‘“Playing Mas Isn’t Playing the Ass: Moses Migrating as “Farce en Noir”’, Beyond Calypso: Re-reading Samuel Selvon (Ian Randle Press, 2016), pp. 135-49.

- ‘Postcolonial Plurality in Black British Fiction’, The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010) (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 193-207.

- ‘The Exigencies of Exile and Dialectics of Flight: Migrant Fictions, V.S. Naipaul, Kiran Desai’, Reworking Postcolonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 72-86.

- ‘Lamming versus Naipaul: Writing Migrants, Writing Islands in the British Literary Field’, Migrant Identities of “Creole Cosmopolitans”: Transcultural Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014), pp. 79-93.

- (w/ Letizia Gramaglia)‘Censorship, Selvon and Caribbean Voices; “Behind the Humming Bird” and the Caribbean Literary Field’, Brighter Suns: 60 Years of Literature from Trinidad, Wasafiri 28:2 (2013), pp. 48-54.

- ‘The “I” as Messiah in Césaire’s First Cahier’, Research in African Literatures 43:2 (2012), pp. 77-94.

- ‘Introduction’, Re-Reading Selvon, Journal of West Indian Literature 20:2, (2012), pp. 1-5.

- ‘The Moor in the Text: Modern Colonialism in Medieval Christian Spain’, Journal of Romance Studies 6:3 (2006), pp. 61-70.


  • Tutorial Fellow in English
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of English


  • English