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Dr Naomi Foyle

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wales and has also taught at Goldsmiths College. She has published two collections of poetry, including The Night Pavilion, a 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Also a verse dramatist and librettist, her work for theatre has been produced in London and Toronto. Her first novel, cyberchiller Seoul Survivors was published by Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus) in Feb 2013, followed by Astra (2014), Rook Song (2015) and The Blood of the Hoopoe (2016), the first three volumes of The Gaia Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic eco-science fantasy quartet. The final volume in the series, Stained Light, is forthcoming in 2018. 

Research Interests

Contemporary poetry, the ballad, Irish poetry, poetry in translation, experimental fiction, world SFF, Middle Eastern literature, eco-literature, feminism, cultural diversity and disability studies.

Teaching Interests

Creative Writing Poetry and Prose. Genre Poetry.



Stained Light (Jo Fletcher Books, forthcoming 2018)

The Blood of the Hoopoe (Jo Fletcher Books, 2016)

Rook Song (Jo Fletcher Books, 2015)

Astra (Jo Fletcher Books, 2014)

Seoul Survivors (Jo Fletcher Books, 2013)

Poetry Collections and Translations

No Enemy But Time (Waterloo Press, 2017). Pamphlet.

The World Cup (Waterloo Press, 2010). 

Grace of the Gamblers (Waterloo Press, 2010).  Illustrated ballad pamphlet.

The Night Pavilion.  (Waterloo Press, 2008)  

Red Hot & Bothered.   (Lansdowne Press, 2003).  Pamphlet. 

Enemies Outside / Enemigos Afuera by Mori Ponsowy (Waterloo Press, 2010).  Translated by Mori Ponsowy and Naomi Foyle.

Verse Drama and Libretti

'The Strange Wife' in Sixty-Six Books: 20th Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible.  (Oberon Books, 2011).  Verse drama produced at The Bush Theatre 2011.

Hush: An Opera in Two Bestial Acts. Libretto for a chamber opera, produced at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto 1990.

Academic Articles

‘The Ballad as Site of Rebellion: Gender, Orality and the Granuaile Aislingi’ in Interfaces of the Oral, the Written, and Other Verbal Media, ed Susan Gingell and Wendy Roy. (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2012)

‘Or Daughter’, chapter from Astra, in MaMSIE: Studies in the Maternal (London, 2012)

Reviews and Other Literary Articles 

Review of Out of It by Selma Dabbagh (Bloomsbury 2011) in Critical Muslim 3 (Autumn 2012)

Review of Blind Spots by Carol Rumens (Seren, 2006) in Orbis 29 (Summer 2007).

Review of The Book of the Angel by Medbh McGuckian in Fortnight (Dec 2004)

Review of Irish Nocturnes by Chris MacArthur, in Fortnight (July 2002). 

‘Angels of Korea’, review of Korean artist Lee Bul, in The Korean Herald (Dec 2nd 1998)

Review of Collected Poetry of Billy Childish (Hangman Press, 1996) in The Big Spoon (Spring 1997).

An Echopraxiac Reading of Melissa Wolsak's The Garcia Family Co-Mercy (Tsunami Press, 1996) in Boo (Vancouver, Autumn1996).

Review of Pure Mania by Stewart Home (Serpent's Tail, 1994) in The Edinburgh Review (Autumn 1994).

Review of Collected Poems of Elena Schwarz (Bloodaxe Press, 1993) in The Gown Literary Supplement (Belfast, Autumn 1993).

Introduction to Selected Poems: Mairtín Crawford (Lagan Press, Belfast, 2005).  

Online articles for the Linen Hall Library on five contemporary Northern Irish poets: Medbh McGuckian, Mairtín Crawford, Martin Mooney, Moyra Donaldson, and Brendan Cleary.   (Spring 2005)

‘The Petting Zoo’: literary manifesto in The Big Spoon, Spring 2002.

‘Art and War’: personal statement in Fortnight Special Supplement (August 2001)

Tribute to Allen Ginsberg in The Big Spoon, Summer 1997 (Belfast).

Contributions to Anthologies

City I’ and ‘City II’ in the Harry Fainlight tribute anthology Fragments of a Lost Voice (Iconoclast Press, 2011).

The Ruse of Coincidence’ in By Grand Central Station We Sat Down and Wept: Poetry Inspired by Elizabeth Smart (Red Squirrel Press, 2010).

‘Star Pitch’ in Suspect Device: A Reader in Hard Edged Fiction, ed. Stewart Home (Serpent's Tail, London UK, 1998).

'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' in The Poetry of Sex (Penguin, 2014).

Awards and Prizes

‘On Advising a Young Man from Galway to do a Second MA in Biodiversity’  Won the Additional Prize in the 2012 RSPB/The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition

‘Shaking the Bottle’ was a runner-up in the 2010 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize.

The Night Pavilion (Waterloo Press, 2008) was an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Red Hot & Bothered won the 2008 Apples & Snakes The Book Bites Back competition.

‘The Holiday’ was long-listed in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2006.

‘The Geneva Conventions’ was long-listed in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2005.

Good Definition won First Prize in the 2004 Hastings Word About Town Literary Festival filmpoem competition.

For her poetry and essays about Ukraine, the Hyrhorii Skovoroda Prize, 2014 (Ukraine)