Judy Kendall

Dr Judy Kendall

Reader in English and Creative Writing

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Currently Judy Kendall is on one semester’s research leave but is contactable via email


Judy Kendall is a Reader in English and Creative Writing at Salford. She has an MA in English from Cambridge university and in Creative Writing from Lancaster university. Her PhD was on the process of poetic composition with special reference to Edward Thomas, She moved to University of Salford in 2006 to help develop the new BA in English and Creative Writing and went on to become Programme leader of the BA in 2008. She has acted as Research Lead for the English and Creative Writing Group and will be leading on the MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment in 2017-18.

Judy specialises in poetry, poetry composition and visual text both as academic and creative practitioner, but has a background as a playwright and short story writer. She has published four volumes of poetry, with two of her poems featuring on the EDEXCEL A level and AS syllabus. She has also published two research monographs as well as many articles, and has won a number of awards for both her creative and her academic work, including featuring twice in Guardian round ups of best books of the year. She guest-edited the European Journal of English Studies special Visual Text issue, together with her colleague Glyn White. She is active in collaborative translations of poetry from a number of languages, including Russian, Japanese, Romanian and Hungarian, and was appointed the incredible edible Todmorden poet laureate for several years.


Module Leader for Visual Text (year 3)
Final Portfolio (year 3)
Text, Theory and Writing (MA)
Tutor for
Creative Practice (year 1)
Introduction to Poetry (year 1)
Popular Fiction (year 1)
Writing Poetry in the 21st Century (year 2)
Final Portfolio (year 3)
Theory Text and Writing (MA)
Experimental Practice (MA)
Creative Project (MA)


Research Interests

I welcome PhD proposals in the following subjects and am willing to work with you to apply for funding:

Poetry composition
Visual Text
Creative process in poetry, short fiction, visual text and haiku
Cross-disciplinary creative collaboration (digital media, translation, musical composition and performance, photography, choreography etc.)
Edward Thomas and early twentieth-century poets
Japanese aesthetics

Current phd students are pursuing creative practice research in the areas of Adaptation/ Translation from screenplay to film; Ficto-biography as practice and research (funded with university studentship); and Environmental degradation and poetic commitment: a study of Niger Delta poetry

Qualifications and Memberships

Hawthornden Castle Writing Fellow
Edward Thomas Fellowship
Lancs/Yorks Haiku Group



Publications /Performances

'travelling light' in galaxy of dust anthology of best English Language haiku of 2015, Red Moon Press, 2016


'Jo Ha Kyu and Fu Bi Xing: Reading|Viewing Haiku' in Juxtapositions 2.1, 2016

Insatiable carrot poetry collection Cinnamon Press 2015

Edward Thomas, Flight and Birdsong academic monograph 2014

Guest editor of European Journal of English Studies, ‘Visual Text’ issue, 2013

Chapter on ’Visual Text’. Writing Otherwise, ed by Janet Wolff and Jackie Stacey (Manchester: Manchester University Press), 2013

Poet to Poet: Edward Thomas’s letters to Walter de la Mare, edited letters (Seren Press, 2012)

Climbing Postcards, poetry collection (Cinnamon Press, 2012)

Edward Thomas; the Origins of his Poetry, monograph (University of Wales Press, 2012)

Renga at  http://www.whitepeak-darkpeak.co.uk/

Lyrics for Song Sequence with musician Seaming To, in Manchester and London, sponsored by Chinese Arts, 2012

Joy Change, poetry collection (Blaenau Ffestiniog, Cinnamon Press, 2010)
'Poetical and Musical Gaps: On the Page and in the Air', National Association of Writers in Education journal, August 2010

'Exploring Experimental Formalism’, The Canarian Review of English Studies on Contemporary British Poetry, April 2010

'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems, a genuine contender, and Branch-lines', New Welsh Review, March 2009

'"A Poet At Last!" William H. Davies and Edward Thomas’, Welsh Writing in English, March 2008

‘Fumininai’/ ‘Weighed Down by Love’ (translation) part of theatre double bill ‘Diabolic Kyogen’ at Contact Theatre, Manchester, 2008

Edward Thomas’s Poets, edited poems and letters (Manchester: Carcanet, 2007)

The Drier The Brighter, poetry collection (Blaenai Ffestiniog: Cinnamon Press, 2007)

‘The Poem and the Body: physical aspects to composition’, NAWE Writing in Education journal (special universities issue);

‘The Dating of the Onset of Edward Thomas’s Mature Verse’, Notes and Queries, Oxford University Press 251, 3 (2006) 346-347

‘Translation and the challenge of orthography’, in Translation and Creativity: Perspectives on Creative Writing & Translation Studies, Continuum Books, 2006

Flash art  http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/ds/sle/earnshaw/gallery/