Thesis Title: Fitting Manifestations: Epiphany in Alice Oswald, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Berry and Joanne Dixon
My project is a practice-led exploration of epiphany in contemporary Anglophone poetry and my own writing. It aimsto review critical debates on the nature of literary epiphany and consider the current position of epiphany in contemporary poetry. My thesis will involve analysis of the epiphanic mode in the work of three contemporary Anglophone poets whose work is relevant to my own practice. The poets chosen for this study are Alice Oswald, Kathleen Jamie and Liz Berry. Alongside this analysis I will explore the nature of epiphany in my own writing and develop a new body of work inspired by this research.
pedagogy of Creative Writing, Creative Writing research
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Current Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
Poet-in-residence at St Ann's Allotments, Nottingham
Orchard Activity Day: 17th April, family poetry trail and activity, read the poems composed here
St. Ann's Academy Primary School 'Dig for History' writing workshop: 28th April, the poem written by the children and myself is now displayed on a permanent interpretation board at the dig site, read the full poem here.
Ongoing creative writing workshops with Nature in Mind - see the leaflet here.
Nature in Mind and Journey to Justice CDF
Nature in Mind is a project led by Framework Housing Association in Nottingham. This project supports people with mental health problems and promotes well-being through nature-based activities. Some of these activities take place at Nature in Mind’s allotment site within St. Ann’s Allotments and Heritage Gardens in the city centre. I spent a number of sessions at the allotment encouraging participants to write about their experiences of interacting with the natural environment. The collaborative poem which resulted from these sessions forms part of this film, alongside interviews with the co-ordinator of the project, Mark Scoones, and the participants. Thanks goes to all who took part.
Creative writing packshave been produced for gardeners and delivered to the allotments. See the packs here
Short Fiction: ‘My Creatures Die, Every One’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Ardea Cinerea’, Species:New Writers (NTU Creative Writing Anthology, Nottingham: Launderette Publications, 2012)
Poetry: ‘It's Flo's last day . . .’, The Interpreter's House (Issue 56, Jun-14); ‘Holiday Ballroom’; ‘The Century Café’; ‘Provence’, New Walk (Issue 8, Apr-14); ‘Inuksuk’, Holdfast online magazine (Aug-14); ‘On Mending’ Furies: An Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors (For Books' Sake: Oct-14); A Woman in the Queue (Melos Press, 2016)