Gavin Cologne-Brookes is the author of several books and essays. These include two books on William Styron, a book on the novels of Joyce Carol Oates, and a book on the work of Bruce Springsteen. 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; conducted a soutenance (PhD public viva) in France; and travelled in South America and Africa. His subject matter is often connected with his writing, and merges 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. He is now a freelance writer, painter and public speaker, based in Wiltshire and Paris, and is available for commissions and talks.
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