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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, but the limits of our boundaries and borders are subject to change. I aim to make a case for a distinctive poetics of British coastal change through close analysis of contemporary Anglophone coastal change poems (Morrison, Mulford, Bell, and others) and development of my own collection,‘Side of the Sea’, exploring how poetry visualises the social and cultural impact of ‘loss of place' through sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding.

My thesis is a critical-creative project (60%-40%).


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)

  • 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)
  • Poem ‘Illuminated’ published in New Walk Magazine (Autumn/Winter Issue, 2016) 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • 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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