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Research interests


Modern and contemporary poetry, especially Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Robert Lowell, Stevie Smith, Robert Frost; issues of authority and witness in modern poetry; refrains and repetitions; poetry and landscape; Charles Dickens



2012: Bristol Students' Union Award for Outstanding Dedication by a Member of Teaching Staff in the University (with further nominations for the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015 and 2018)

2011: University Teaching and Learning Award for Excellence in Education

2010: Selection by University of Bristol students in the original 'Best of Bristol' lecture series



I currently teach on the following BA English units:

Critical Issues (for which I am Unit Convenor)

Literature 1740-1900

Literature 1900-Present

Charles Dickens (Special Subject)

I also teach on the following MA English units:

Modernism, Experimentation and Form

Literature 1940-1970: Writing after War, after Modernism

Contemporary Literature

The Gothic

Charles Dickens



I was the founder-editor of The Tabla Book of New Verse (1991-2004) (formerly Tabla poetry magazine), an annual single volume publication of poetry. Writers published included Gillian Allnutt, John Burnside, David Constantine, Julia Copus, Jane Duran, Louise Gluck, Philip Gross, David Hartnett, Lee Harwood, Seamus Heaney, Tobias Hill, Jane Holland, Judith Kazantzis, Mimi Khalvati, John Kinsella, Marion Lomax, Peter McDonald, Medbh McGuckian, W. S. Merwin, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, Kathleen Raine, Peter Redgrove, Robin Robertson, Peter Robinson, Carol Rumens, Charles Simic, Pauline Stainer, Anne Stevenson, George Szirtes and Charles Tomlinson.



I have had poems published in various journals, including MetrePoetry Review and Poetry Ireland Review.


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