Professor Paul Vlitos BA Hons, MA, PhD

Academic Portfolio Lead, Creative Writing

Paul Vlitos studied English Literature at the University of Bristol before undertaking graduate study at University College London and the University of Cambridge. He has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at a variety of institutions, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Goldsmiths, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and the University of Surrey. Since September 2023 he has been Academic Programme Lead for Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich. As well as his academic research and the novels he has published under his own name, Paul also writes (with Collette Lyons) as Ellery Lloyd. Their first novel, People Like Her (2021), was a Richard and Judy Summer Pick and a Book of the Month Club pick. Their second novel, The Club (2022), was a Reese’s Book Club pick and New York Times Bestseller.

Responsibilities within the university

Academic Portfolio Lead, Creative Writing


Society of Authors

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Creative Writing (Novels)
  • Late Victorian and Edwardian Literary Advice (and Fiction)
  • Crime, Mystery and Suspense Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fiction

Recent publications

Novels (as Ellery Lloyd):

People Like Her (2021) Mantle (UK)/HarperCollins (US) – a Richard and Judy Book Club pick (UK) and Book of the Month Club pick (US)

The Club (2022) Mantle (UK)/HarperCollins (US) – A Reese’s Book Club pick

Novels (as Paul Vlitos):

Every Day is Like Sunday (2008), Orion

Welcome to the Working Week (2007), Orion

Scholarly works:


Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction: Consuming Passions, Unpalatable Truths (2017), Palgrave Macmillan

Recent Book Chapters:

“Your Successful Man of Letters is your Successful Trademan”: Fiction and the Marketplace in British Author’s Guides of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’ (2021) in: Writing Manuals for the Masses, ed. Anneleen Masschelein, Dirk de Geest Palgrave Macmillan