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Name:  Aly Stoneman

PhD:  English and Creative Writing

Thesis Title:  Contemporary Poetry of British Coastal Change

Thesis Description:

The British geographic and political sense of identity as an island nation, where no place is more than 70 miles from coastal waters, is inevitably characterised by its relationship with the sea, but the limits of our boundaries and borders are subject to change. My critical-creative project comprises a critical consideration of contemporary Anglophone ‘coastal change’ poems, and a new collection of poetry, Side of the Sea, developed from site-specific writing undertaken on research trips to British coastal and estuarine areas.  

The aim of my project is to make a case for a distinctive poetics of “coastal change“ – sea-level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and other marine and shoreline phenomena associated with climate change – that will build on existing critical analyses of contemporary British coastal and environmental literature. I am approaching this critically by deploying an ecocritical framework to look at contemporary poetry concerned with erosion and sea-level rise on the British coast. I argue that poetry offers a valuable and distinctive contribution to understanding and communicating the important issue of coastal change in the 21stCentury and can provide, to quote Sam Solnick, ‘significant modes of interrogating and inhabiting the Anthropocene’.  

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr Rory Waterman (Nottingham Trent University)

Dr Sarah Jackson  (Nottingham Trent University)

Dr Henry Chapman (University of Birmingham)

Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links)

Conference Papers

  • ‘Coastal Change poetics in the Anthropocene' at Landlines Conference, Leeds University (1 February 2019)
  • ‘Coastal Change Poetics: Erosion and Loss on Britain’s East Coast’ at Wavescapes in the Anthropocene Conference, University of Split, Croatia (5-7 December 2018)
  •  Coastal Change and Archaeology in Contemporary British Poetry’ at ASLE-UKI Conference 'A Place on the Edge, Orkney (5-7th September 2018)

Pamphlet (sole-authored)

  • Lost Lands (Leicester: Crystal Clear Creators, 2012)

Creative Writing

  • 'Poacher' published in Under The Radar Magazine (Summer Issue 21, 2018)
  • 'Between' published in Mud Press Vol 2 (December 2017)
  • ‘Illuminated’ published in New Walk Magazine (Autumn/Winter Issue, 2016) 
  • 'Ms Hood' published in Guardian-award winning graphic novel 'Dawn Of The Unread' (writing commission) (Dawn of the Unread, 2016)
  • 'Thalassa' published in Crystal Voices: Ten Years of Crystal Clear Creators (Crystal Clear Creators, 2015)
  • 'Windfalls' published by Buxton Poetry Festival (2015)

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:



  • Academic paper: creative and critical presentation, ‘Coastal Change Poetics: Erosion and Loss on Britain’s East Coast’ at Wavescapes in the Anthropocene Conference, University of Split, Croatia (5-7 December) Visit funded through M4C SDF
  • Travel Talks Leicester: "The sea gives and takes': Exploring Orkney's Coastal and Literary Heritage (Leicester Adult Education College, 30 November 2018)
  • Academic paper presentation: ‘Give and Take: Coastal Change and Archaeology in Contemporary British Poetry’ at ASLE-UKI Conference 'A Place on the Edge, Orkney (5-7th September) Visit funded through M4C SDF
  • MC and organiser for 'LeftLion Presents...' live poetry event for Nottingham Poetry Festival (April)
  • Poetry Reading: 'Enchanted Water' with Canal Laureate Nancy Campbell at Nottingham Light Night (24th February)
  • Commissioned poet: 'Nottingham For Nature' visual city-wide campaign with Nottingham Wildlife Trust Nottingham For Nature campaign with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


  • Commissioned poet for East Midlands Heritage Awards to write a poem for 'Heart of the Community' Award-winner, Green's Mill and Science Centre
  • MC and organiser: 'LeftLion Presents… WriteLion Poets', Nottingham Poetry Festival 
  • Member of the organising team for Midlands3Cities DTP Research Festival, MC for the Creative Showcase


  • Poet-in-Residence at SPUD The Observatory, National Trust Mottisfont
  • Panel Member for Costa Book Awards discussion at West Bridgford Library
  • Grant award to participate in Weatherfronts Conference 'Climate Change and the Stories We Tell', Free Word Centre, London (Tipping Point)


  • Winner of the Buxton Poetry Prize 2015 Open Category with 'Windfalls'
  • Performance: Living For The City (spoken word show), Lincoln Drill Hall, Renaissance One
  • Panel member for ‘Finding Your Place in the Writing Community’, Writers Conference (East Midlands), University of Nottingham


  • Final Stage Mentoring Programme (Renaissance One) with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE, Leicester 


  • Guest poet at Copenhagen International Poetry Festival, Denmark
  • Guest poet at Night of the Festivals: 'Tongue Fu' live performance with Chris Redmond, Market Square 
  • MC and organiser: LeftLion Presents… WriteLion, Live poetry and music event, Nottingham Contemporary
  • MC and organiser: Love of Landscape: Poetry Landscape & Radicals Event, Nottingham Festival of Words
  • Performance: Renaissance One presents Creative Salon Leicester 



  • Winner of the Nottingham Poetry Society Performance Poetry Competition
  • Lyric Lounge Poet-in-Residence 2010-11, Writing East Midlands (Museums and Libraries) working with Platform 51 Young Mums Group. The participants were predominantly NEET and from care backgrounds.

Other Research Interests:

  • Writing and Climate Change
  • Ecocriticism and Ecopoetics
  • Landscape Arts
  • Participatory Arts in 'Cultural Cold Spots'
  • Pedagogy of Poetry
  • Creative Writing Research



University email address: Alyson Stoneman

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Twitter: @AlyStoneman


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