Works by Elizabeth Amisu



Artistic Statement
‘Through my creative works I seek to map the uncharted territory of the heart.’

Screenplays; Plays (Film/TV)
Novels; Short Stories (Dystopia, Young Adult, Fantasy & Science-Fiction)
Academic Writing (Early Modern English Literature & Michael Jackson Studies)

Writer’s Bio
Elizabeth Amisu’s works include the dystopian adventure series, The Sacerdos Mysteries; the young-adult fantasy thriller, Ripe Earth and the short story collection, Gild Your Shadows. Her haunting short story, The Bestseller won the Silverwood Publishing ‘Beat the Author’ competition in 2013, and her novel, We Burn Daylight, won second prize at the Southend Literary Book Festival in 2010. Amisu is author of the landmark textbook, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife.

Elizabeth is an active artist and teacher. She holds an MA in Early Modern English Literature from King’s College London and completed her teacher training at the University College London’s Institute of Education. She received a First-Class BA (Hons) from Bucks New University, where she was also the recipient of the award for Highest Overall Mark in the Faculty of Creativity and Culture (2008), and has eight years’ experience teaching English, Creative Writing, and Film.

Academic Books

  • The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona and His Artistic Afterlife (Praeger, 2016)

Novels & Collections

Short Stories


  • The Department (2013) | Writer
    • 2016 dramatic reading by professional actors at Leicester Square Reference Library, London.
  • By the Book (2012) | Writer
    • 2012 dramatic reading at the Stratford Playhouse, London by the Scriptreaders.
  • Seeing Red (2008) | Writer, Director and Producer
    • This one-act play was commissioned by a non-profit organization in Camberwell. Performed with a cast of 30 teenagers from South London.
    • PosterProgramme | PDF Download
  • Lightnings II (Yoruba Gods) (2008) | Writer
    • Presented as part of BA dissertation: ‘How the themes of the spiritual and supernatural can explore the liminal adolescent space in today’s contemporary theatre’ in April 2008.
  • Lightnings I (A Fear of Falling Under) (2008) | Writer
    • Workshopped in association with the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College Music and Drama Society.
  •  Ten for the Super-Ego (2007) | Writer, Director, Producer and Actor
  • LOAN (2007) | Writer, Director, Producer and Actor


Online Courses

  1. Analysing Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’
  2. Beginner’s Guide to Independent Online Learning
  3. Beyoncé in Culture
  4. Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  5. Books to Change Your Life
  6. Building Fantasy Worlds
  7. ‘Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson’
  8. Early Modern English: An Overview
  9. How to Start Your Tutoring Business
  10. Introduction to Michael Jackson Studies
  11. Making Money as an Artist
  12. Matrix Trilogy Concepts
  13. Michael Jackson & Black History
  14. Michael Jackson & Black History Teaching Pack
  15. Michael Jackson’s Artistic Afterlife
  16. Michael Jackson’s Art as Life
  17. Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’
  18. Michael Jackson’s Invincible
  19. Michael Jackson Late Works Teaching Pack
  20. Michael Jackson’s Life as Art
  21. Reading Michael Jackson in the Classroom
  22. Resources for Teaching Michael Jackson Studies
  23. Revising for English Examinations
  24. Teaching Michael Jackson Studies
  25. Worldwide Shakespeares
  26. Working with Set Texts

Editorial Work

Creative Work Featured in Collections


  • The Deathday Chronicles Season 1 (2013)
    • Episode 1 – Lifers
    • Episode 2 – Happy Deathday
    • Episode 3 – Lazarus
    • Episode 4 – Family
    • Episode 5 – Prequel
    • Episode 6 – Choices
    • Episode 7 – Watch Over Me

Prizes and Achievements

  • Essay, ‘Throwing Stones to Hide Your Hands’: The Mortal Persona of Michael Jackson’ translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian and German (2014)
  • Essay, ‘On Michael Jackson’s Dancing the Dream’ given ‘top 3% award’ from (2014)
  • Short story, ‘The Bestseller’, winner of the SilverWood ‘Beat the Author’ Competition (2013)
  • Short story, ‘January 3rd’, winner of ‘New Year’ Competition (2012)
  • Novel, We Burn Daylight, second prize, Southend Book Fair literary competition, 2010)
  • Bucks New University ‘Highest Overall Mark’ in the Faculty of Creativity and Culture (2008)
  • Performed as a guest speaker on ‘Sacred and Liminal Spaces’ at the 9th annual Arts and Media conference at Buckinghamshire New University, 2007.
  • Play, Ten for The Super-Ego, chosen for the Festival D’hiver, featured in Ten, published by Jubilee Press & Buckinghamshire New University. ISBN: 978-0-948314-82-0; and in the article, French Festival for Students by Nicola Orchard for Hendon & Finchley Times and Bucks Free Press (20th April, 2007)
  • Head Girl of Newlands Manor School (2005)
  • Sunday Telegraph Certificate of Recognition by the BASF Science Writers (2004)
  • Public Speaking – Chairperson/Speaker (Certified; English Speaking Union) (2003)


  • The Representation of High Status Blackness in ‘The Masque of Blackness’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’, delivered at the Early Modern Literature: Text and Transmission MA Dissertation Showcase, Kings College London, 2015.
  • Sacred and Liminal Spaces, delivered at Bucks New University’s Ninth Annual Arts & Media Conference, 2008.

Guest Appearances

Formal Education & Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (MA) Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission, achieved in 2016 from King’s College London, University of London.
  • Professional Standards for Teachers in Sixth-Form Colleges achieved in 2014
  • Saturday Film School at Raindance, London in 2013
  • E-Learning and Digital Cultures via Coursera & Edinburgh University in 2013
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award Advisor Certification achieved in 2011
  • Qualified Teaching and Lecturing Status (QTLS) achieved in 2010
  • Post-Compulsory Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons 1:1) First Class in 2008.
  • 3 A Levels: Biology A, Chemistry C, Physics C achieved in 2005
  • 2 AS Levels: English A, History B achieved in 2005.
  • Advanced Graded Examination in Speech: The Speaking of Verse and Prose Silver Medal (Distinction) achieved in 2004.
  • Verse Speaking Grade 7: Speech Level 3 (High Honours) achieved in 2004
  • Grade 4 – Music Theatre (Intermediate Level in Drama) achieved in 2003
  • 10 GCSEs: English A*, English Literature A*, Biology A, Chemistry A, Physics A, Latin A, Business and Communication Systems A, French A, History A, Mathematics A achieved in 2003.

ICT Skills

  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft: Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint; WordPress; Scrivener; Endnote; iPads; interactive whiteboard software; uploading to and editing web pages; podcasting; utilizing Virtual Learning Environments; social networking; as well as both creating and maintaining Massive Open Online Courses.


Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation

Individually Published Essays & Citations


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