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Name:  Aly Stoneman

PhD:  Creative Writing

Thesis Title:  Contemporary Poetry, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding

Thesis Description:

The British geographic and political sense of identity as an island nation – where no place is more than 75 miles from the coast – is inevitably characterised by its relationship with the sea. The shape of the British Isles is ‘sheered into our memories from an early age, a mental cartographic construct of Englishness’ (Dodge, 2012), but limits and definitions of the British coastline are subject to change. My practice-led project comprises a collection of poetry exploring sea-level rise and coastal flooding in Britain and a critical consideration of contemporary Anglophone coastal change poems. I use “coastal change” as an umbrella term for phenomena associated with climate change in the Anthropocene, including sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding due to extreme weather events. My poems will explore issues that are largely neglected by the existing body of coastal change poetry, including social and ethical concerns of organizational response such as managed realignment and effects of sea-level rise on heritage sites. Each poem will connect with an artifact as a locative technique and material point of inspiration and reference, exploring the social and cultural impact of ‘loss of place’.

There is a paucity of critical work focusing solely on the poetry and poetics of contemporary British coastal change. For Johns-Putra (2016) ''significant developments have occurred' in poetry, yet ‘eco-critical accounts of climate change have tended to focus on fiction to the detriment of drama and poetry’. Given the increasing body of contemporary British poetry engaging with the topic, a focused examination of the developing poetics of coastal change is overdue.

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)

Poetry (Selected)

  • ‘Illuminated’, New Walk (October 16) 
  • Commissioned poet for Guardian-award winning graphic novel 'Dawn Of The Unread' (Ms Hood, 2016)
  • Lost Lands (debut sole-authored pamphlet) (Crystal Clear Creators, 2012)

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


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