Dr. Philip Braithwaite

Lecturer in Creative Writing

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH215

+44 (0) 1772 89 3094


Subject Areas: TV, Film and Photography, English and Linguistics and Media.

Phil Braithwaite is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and an award-winning playwright. He also writes on aspects of science fiction. He is a member of the Utopian Studies Society and Climate Change Theatre Action. His current research is on Thatcherism and science fiction television. He is also developing plays and screenplays.

Full Profile

Phil teaches creative writing with a specialisation in script (stage and screen). He also teaches in science fiction film and television. He has many scriptwriting credits and awards to his name.

As a playwright Phil has won the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Award, the Adam Play Award, and the Robert Lord Award for Best Script. His plays have been performed in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. His work in theatre and drama has appeared in academic and literary journals, theatre magazines, and drama collections.

Phil is also a researcher in the field of science fiction studies, and is currently writing a monograph on the subject of British science fiction television in the Thatcher era.

Phil welcomes enquiries about PhD and MA by Research supervision on topics including: playwriting, screenwriting, prose and experimental fiction, science fiction and utopian/dystopian studies, eschatology and myth.


  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • MA, Victoria University of Wellington
  • BA (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • CW1001 : Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW1002 : Writing Identity
  • CW2002 : Writing Adaptations
  • CW3001 : Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENC013 : Introduction to Creative Writing
  • FI3304: Science Fiction in Film and Television


Braithwaite, P. ‘“Wealth is the Only Reality”: Blake’s 7 and Thatcherism’. Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, no. 36. Monash University, 2018 pp. 28-53

Braithwaite, P. ‘Swing Among the Stars’. Where is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays, edited by Chantal Bilodeau, Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Toronto, 2018, pp 91-97.

Braithwaite, P. ‘War and Truth’. Landfall, edited by David Eggleton, vol. 230, Nov. 2015, Otago University Press, pp. 18-29.

More publications

Research Activities

Writing a monograph on British science fiction television and Thatcherism.

Writing a paper on UCLan’s recent remake of a Doctor Who episode.


Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change: The 20th Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, July 2019.

(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia & Science Fiction, December 2017.


British Science Fiction Television and Thatcherism - monograph.