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Dr Hugh Dunkerley

Reader in Creative Writing and Contemporary Poetry | +44 (0) 1243 816186

I am Reader in Creative Writing and Contemporary Poetry. I lead the MA in Creative Writing and teach on a range of undergraduate Creative Writing modules. My interests include contemporary poetry, ecocriticism and the teaching of 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 latest poetry collection, entitled Hare, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010. A new collection entitled Kin is due in 2018. I also publish short fiction. In addition to writing poetry and short fiction, I write articles on contemporary poetry and ecocriticism, as well as reviewing for various magazines such as The London Magazine and Envoi.

I am keen to promote Sustainability in the curriculum and to encourage students to engage with issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability through their learning.

A Selection of Recent Publications


Poems and short fiction 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)


2017               ‘Some Thoughts on Poetry and Fracking’ on The Clearing (

2017               ‘Ted Hughes and Creative Writing’ (chapter in Ted Hughes in Context (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

2017               Religious Poetry 1960-2010’ (chapter in The Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)

2017               ‘Ted Hughes and The Ecological Sublime’ (in The Ted Hughes Society Journal)

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)


National and International Recognition:

2016               Winner of the 2016 INSPIRE/ASLE UKI Literature and Sustainability Public Lecture Competition

2015               Arts Council Award of £6300

2009               Arts Council Award of £4000

2007               Invitation to read at Cuisle International Poetry Festival, Limerick, Ireland

2002               Arts Council award of £3000

2002               Leighton Fellow at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada)

1999               Hawthornden Fellow

1992               Gregory Award winner (Society of Authors)

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