Dr William G Wootten

B.A.(Cantab.), M.A.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Dunelm.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

I research and publish on modern and contemporary poetry in English.  I also write poetry (my collection You Have a Visitor is published by Worple Press. www.worplepress.com).
I am interested in receiving research proposals on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. 

I am currently producing an annotated edition of the Selected Poems of Walter de la Mare and have recently been writing and researching on de la Mare along with other Georgian poets including Edward Thomas and Rupert Brooke.  My book The Alvarez GenerationThom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter Porter (Liverpool University Press, 2015) is on the generation of poets who succeeded the Movement.  Other recent research includes work on the neo-romantics (Dylan Thomas, Vernon Watkins, George Barker and W.S. Graham), and on Philip Larkin.  I have also been a frequent book reviewer for publications including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Poetry Review and the Times Literary Supplement.  My PhD was on the long poems of David Jones, Basil Bunting, Geoffrey Hill and Roy Fisher.  I have also researched into the history of Penguin books, co-editing and contributing to Reading Penguin (Cambridge Scholars 2013).  Poems of mine have appeared in magazines including New Walk, PN Review, Poetry Review, Rialto the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement

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Research Output

  • 5 Authored book
  • 4 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Other contribution

The Critical Reception of Walter de la Mare

Wootten, W. G., 2021, (Unpublished) Walter de la Mare : A Critical Appraisal. Liverpool University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

'An Equilateral Triangle': On Robert Frost, Edward Thomas & Walter de la Mare

Wootten, W. G., 1 Apr 2020, New Criterion.

Research output: Other contribution

Birdsong and Poetic Self-Definition in Walter de la Mare and Edward Thomas

Wootten, W., 2020, (Submitted) Animal Utterance: The Science of Sound and the Art of Listening. . Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


University English Book Prize (shortlisted)

Wootten, William G (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 6 Media coverage or participation
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Reading Walter de la Mare, 1873-1956:‘a voice which has no fellow’

    William G Wootten (Participant)

    20 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ‘Flying Ant Day at Jam Tree Gully’, Review Essay on John Kinsella, Firebreaks and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems

    William G Wootten (Contributor)

    24 May 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation