Professor Jon Cook
Jon Cook is Chair of Arts Council England East. He is a Professor of Literature and Director of the Centre of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of East Anglia, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities between 2004-2010. The focus of his teaching and research is in romantic and modern literature. His publications include Poetry in Theory (2004) and a biography, Hazlitt in Love (2007) and he has written a number of essays on language and creativity. He has recently been a judge on the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He is a member of the international academy for the Folio Prize.
He has played an active role in the foundation and development of Writers Centre Norwich and is a course director on the UEA/Guardian Masterclasses project.
Term of appointment: 8 September 2008 - 31 March 2017 (reappointed April 2013)