Phone : USA 248 3704451 or UK 0207 193 0595
Skype: graemeharper

Brooke Speaks

I convinced him to give me a bit of space over here to talk about creative writing, and this is all I get! When I mention this website, he just starts quoting John Henry Newman. "There is nothing more noble than the creation of a university . .." Blah Blah Blah. I don't know, maybe he's onto something! Maybe you should decide for yourself:


A very warm welcome!

This is the personal website of Graeme Harper. He is pleased to work with colleagues in a wide range of countries around the world.

Dean of the Honors College and a Professor at Oakland University (near Detroit, Michigan), USA, he is also an Honorary Professor in the United Kingdom.

You can contact him on the email addresses to the left of screen.

Brooke Biaz - My Recent Books


The Japanese Cook. Young cooks in Japan start their careers at a renowned culinary school . Available from Parlor Press.

The Invention of Dying. On the Communion Islands modern medicine is arriving. But not in a way anyone expected! Available from Parlor Press.

Visit the Communion Islands. Brooke assists with this informational work on the Communion Islands.

Camera Phone. How powerful a vision has the young and modern film-maker, connected by cell phone to the entire world? This new novel with the fine Parlor Press.

Moon Dance. Being born in the 1960s can take ten years of your life. . . . Sometimes the universe and our lives entwine. In the era of the space race, as JFK sent us rocketing toward The Moon, a family, a life, a love, was being created in a tropical beach house. Moon Dance is the story of a decade, a conception, a family, a birth. One small step for man, one giant leap for womankind!

Small Maps of the World. This new collection of fiction by Graeme Harper, writing as Brooke Biaz, investigates the meanings attached to events in place; and then the tourism of time bound to places, with bountiful humor and wit unearths the bonds between individuals and location but also wonders on the underlying connections between people and their sense of more


Brooke's recent work on the history and discoveriesof the Communion Islands was displayed in New York and as part of a traveling exhibition around the USA in 2012-2015.

On the June 17 2015, at a wonderful ceremony at the Rushing Hotel, overlooking the fine Breaking Breakers Beach, Brooke was so very honored to be awarded the 73rd annual "Long Palm and Flying Fish", one of the Communions Islands' highest awards for distinguished service to the islands community. Having served as honorary Culture Minister of the Communion Islands (2001-2009), Brooke was previously awarded the 2011 'Koolai-Kanakan' (or 'key') to the Islands:


For more information about travel to, and accommodation on, the Communion Islands contact:

Communion Islands Tourism


New Works by Graeme Harper


Honors Education: Excellence, Innovation, Ingenuity. A collection considering the nature of educational excellence in honors colleges and programs (out in 2018)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Honors Education. A collection of chapters from honors colleges and programs, focusing on inclusion (out in 2017)

Ladders Upon Which the Aspiring Can Rise. A study of the emergence and extension of science and technology research and teaching in US universities in the period from the mid-1950s. (out in 2018)

Creative Writing and Education. An international collection featuring articles and commentaries on creative writing in colleges, universities and schools, as well as in the wider community of practice and understanding.

The Future for Creative Writing. What will creative writing be like in 10 years, 50 years, next century? This book, in the Blackwell Manifestoes series, makes some suggestions.

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Books, new media, stories, articles, and events.

Works in progress:

The Town that Disappeared (working title). A new novel by Brooke Biaz

Filmurbia: Cinema and the Suburbs. A third volume emerging from the film landscapes project. This one focussing on suburban film and edited by David Forrest. Graeme Harper and Jonathan Rayner.

Explorations: Response and the Writing Arts. What is the nature of human response in creative writing? What does it entail and how does it contain meaning.

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Forthcoming event:

Excellence, Innovation and Ingenuity in Honors Education. Nationally linked discussion between honors programs/colleges and businesses. December 5 2016

A previous 2016 event:

100 Minutes of Creative Writing - linking people around the world in a celebration of 100 hours of global collaborative projects from 1998-2016. June 30 2016. Inquiries:



Great Journals


Contributes to journals and magazines worldwide. And has four journal editing obsessions:

New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Routledge/Taylor and Francis), the first independent journal for Creative Writing in universities and colleges.. A research journal, a journal for creative works, discussions of creative writing, writers, and the teaching of creative writing, (See Below)

Studies in European Cinema, (Intellect) Graeme edits this with Owen Evans. In this journal film experts worldwide debate European film, past and present, within Europe and European film traditions adopted and adapted around the world.

The Creative Industries Journal. (Intellect) Graeme works with Kyle Edwards and Debi Hayes on this one. He's Editor, along with Kyle and Debi who work as Associate Editors. Discussion of the World's most vibrant economic sector: the creative sector!

Journal of European Popular Culture. investigates the creative cultures of Europe, present and past. Exploring European imagery, media, new media, film, music, art and design, architecture, drama and dance, fine art, literature and the writing arts, and more, the journal is also of interest to those considering the influence of European creativity and European creative artefacts worldwide

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Universities are places where knowledge dwells, where knowledge can be explored and where knowledge can independently develop. The following projects highlight this process:

Great Writing. The UK's international conference. Now in its 20th great year. 2017 Conference to be held at Imperial College, London, July 1-2 2017.

Creative Knowledge and Successful Habitats. A project to determine the extent to which creative knowledge can inform the development of successful cost-effective human habitats. This project is also connected to the Learning Cities and Medical Habitats projects.

Creative Lab. Cross-disciplinary creative research, through new digital experience ("synaptic") technologies.

Professors Forum. The title "professor" must mean something. Supporting research innovation and leadership in universities, and in collaboration with public and private partners.

Research Innovation. The good undertake, but the best innovate

Projectorings. Developing medical space with vision and sound - a collaboration considering how imaginative knowledge, applied to medical architecture, can better support human thriving.

ARTEFACT. Investigating the historical artefacts of creative practice. The world's scholarly talent, at any age. Developing a lifelong knowledge stream.

Creative Universities. An international universities network promoting the university ideal.

International Center for Creative Writing Research (ICCWR). An international Creative Writing initiative - the first of its kind. All welcome!


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