Gavin Cologne-Brookes is the author of several books and essays. Subjects include John Steinbeck, William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates, Bruce Springsteen, and Polish Painting. His writing combines literary and cultural criticism, and narrative nonfiction focusing on travel and memoir.
Gavin is also an oil painter. His portraits have featured as part of publications. He has a related interest in photographing places, people and wildlife. He sees writing, painting and photography as interconnected ways of examining, reflecting upon, and honouring our world.
Gavin has given talks in Luxembourg, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Kenya, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay and across the United States. He’s conducted a soutenance (PhD public viva) in France, and travelled elsewhere in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa. His talks merge literary and cultural commentary with history, politics, philosophy and memoir.
Until the summer of 2019, Gavin was Professor of American Literature at Bath Spa University. Now an Emeritus Professor, he’s currently writing a book that combines memoir and travel writing with reflections on painters and painting. He’s also preparing for a spring 2021 exhibition, “Cadmium Thread: Paintings 2011-2021.” As with “Paintings 1995-2011,” this will be at the BSU Corsham Court Campus, Wiltshire. You can follow him on the Facebook link below, on Instagram and on Twitter (@GavinCologne).
American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen (2018)
Gavin Cologne-Brookes, LSU Press
American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen begins with a visit to the Jersey Shore and ends with a meditation on the international legacy of Springsteen’s writing, music, and performances. Gavin Cologne-Brookes’s innovative study of this popular musician and his position in American culture blends scholarship with personal reflection, providing both an academic examination of Springsteen’s work and a moving account of how it offers a way out of emotional solitude and the potential lonesomeness of modern life. More
Tango, Buenos Aires (2019)
Gavin’s paintings provide a further kind of observation and expression. Together with his photography, these art forms intimately relate to one another. His vision of creative and critical expression is holistic. In his studio, he moves back and forth between writing and painting. Out in the world, he carries a camera. More