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Dr Hugh Dunkerley

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I came to Chichester after doing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. Since then I have taught on a variety of courses, both creative and critical.

At the moment I teach on second and third year undergraduate courses as well as contributing to the MA in Creative Writing.  

I also run a third year option entitled Literature, Environment and Ecocriticism. Ecocriticism is the study of representations of nature in literature, and is based on the assumption that we live and write in a more-than-human world. I first became interested in environmentalism when I worked in conservation in the mid nineteen-eighties and am now trying to get the outdoors into the classroom. I am keen to work with postgraduate students who have an interest in ecocriticism.

My teaching reflects my research interests. My chapbook of poetry, Walking to the Fire Tower (Redbeck Press), came out in 1997. A second collection, Fast (Pighog Press) was published in 2007. A full collection entitled Hare was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010. In addition to this, I also write articles on contemporary poetry as well as reviewing for various magazines such as The London Magazine and Envoi.

I am currently team leader for the Green Academy project at the University. Supported by the Higher Education Academy, the project aims to encourage students to engage with issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability through their learning.

A Selection of Recent Publications


Poems in The London Magazine, Irish Pages, The Echo Room and The Clearing (
2010 Hare, Poetry Collection (Cinnamon Press)
2007 A selection of work published in Oxford Poets 2007 (Caracanet)
2007 Fast, Poetry Collection (Pighog Press)


2013 'Translating Wilderness: Ecopoetics and the Poetry Of Don McKay' (in Poetry and Voice, edited by Stephanie Norgate, Cambridge Scholars)
2008 Co-editor of 'Earthographies: Ecocriticism and Culture' (New Formations)

Prizes and Awards

2009 Arts Council Award to fund the completion of a poetry collection
2002 Leighton Studio Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.
2002 Prize-winner in the BBC Wildlife Poet of the year Award.
2001 Prize-winner in the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year Award.
1999 Hawthornden Fellowship.
1996 Prize-winner in the BBC Wildlife Poet of the year Award.
1992 Eric Gregory Award Winner.

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