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About Dr Simon Morrison

He has presented this work at conferences in the UK and overseas and had papers published in journals such as Popular MusicIASPM and Dancecult. He has written for academic books including DJ Culture in the MixHow To Write About Music and Kerouac on Record and is currently involved with books about the club scene and Pink Floyd.​

Over the last two decades, Simon A. Morrison has written for everyone from The Guardian to Loaded, with his collected columns for DJmag – ‘Dispatches From The Wrong Side’ – published as Discombobulated by Headpress.  Reporting on the clubscene from Moscow to Marrakech; Beijing to Brazil, Simon also lived in Ibiza for two summers, editing Ministry of Sound's Ibiza magazine and presenting TV and radio from the island.

Moving into academe, Simon is currently finishing up a PhD, based at the University of Leeds, looking at the representation of club culture in literature.  He has presented that research at conferences from Porto to Kassel to Amsterdam, and written extensively for academic journals, and book titles for Bloomsbury and Reaktion, including the upcoming title Dancefloors: Revolutions of Club Culture.  Currently a Senior Lecturer at Chester University, Simon heads up the university’s Music Journalism degree.  A screenplay, based on a story he penned for The Guardian, is currently with a production company with a view to becoming a TV drama.


Simon’s lecturing began as a guest speaker at a variety of institutions, with audiences ranging from primary schoolchildren to Master’s students to an E.B.D school, where he spoke to emotionally and behaviourally disturbed children about his career as a music journalist. Simon has lectured on journalism at universities including Chester, Staffordshire and Salford, conducted many employability sessions at Manchester University and also given several masterclasses on music journalism for the Manchester City Music Network.

Simon has taught on the Popular Music and the Press module at Leeds University, and has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at the new Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University, lecturing around PR and marketing.


Simon has presented his research into EDMC (electronic dance music culture) at conferences in the UK and overseas and has had papers published in journals such as Dancecult. His chapter ‘DJ-driven Literature: A Linguistic Remix’ formed part of the collection DJ Culture in the Mix, published by Bloomsbury in late 2013. He is currently working on a book for the Reaktion publishing house in the USA, looking at the place and function of the discothèque.

Published Work

Simon’s publications include:

DJ-Driven Literature – A linguistic remix’  This chapter was published by Bloomsbury within their title, DJ Culture in the Mix in 2013.  
“Clubs aren’t like that”: Discos, Deviance and Diegetics in Club Culture Cinema’  A peer-reviewed article published in Vol 2. Number 4 (2012) of the respected EDMC journal, DanceCult 

Discombobulated – Dispatches From The Wrong Side  A collection of journalism published in the UK and US by Headpress in 2010.  

Easy Money (written and edited by Simon A. Morrison)  A guide to managing money for students and young people, published by Golden Moments, 2008.  

DJ Guide to Ibiza (written end edited by Simon A. Morrison)  Published by Future Publishing, 2006.


  • B.A. (Hons) English and American Literature (University of Manchester)
  • University of Amsterdam - Erasmus Scheme, a year spent on an exchange scheme
  • M.A. in Novel Writing (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (Currently researching a PhD within the School of Music at the University of Leeds, looking at club culture and its representation in literature)