Dr Scott Thurston

Reader in English and Creative Writing

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Biography

I did my first degree in English Literature with Linguistics at the University of East Anglia, graduating in 1995. After a few years of living and working in Poland, I returned to the UK to take a PhD in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill. I joined Salford in 2004 and set up the English and Creative Writing joint honours degree programme, running it for four years. I then set up and began leading the MA Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment and introduced the PhD in Creative Writing pathway in 2008. I am currently Director of Research for English Literature, Language and Creative Practice research group in the Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre.

Teaching

I teach on the following modules:

UNDERGRADUATE

Creative Practice; Working the Text; Introduction to Poetry; Writing Poetry in the Twenty-first Century; New Departures: Reading and Writing Innovative Poetry; Final Portfolio.

POSTGRADUATE

Experimental Practice; Creative Project.

I also currently supervise critical and creative PhD level research on contemporary poetry and poetics.

Research Interests

My research interests are in contemporary innovative British and North American poetry and poetics. I co-edit the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-run The Other Room poetry reading series in Manchester. I am committed to supervising PhD research in innovative poetry and poetics in both creative and critical writing and would welcome proposals in this area. I have a long-standing interest in the relationship between radical dance and movement practices and experimental writing.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Poetics

Membership of NAWE

Publications

SELECTED CREATIVE WORK

Figure Detached Figure Impermanent (Hunstanton: Oystercatcher, 2014) (ISBN: 978-1-905885-69-5)

Reverses Heart’s Reassembly (Veer Books: London, 2011) (ISBN 978-1-907088-41-4)

Internal Rhyme (Shearsman: Exeter, 2010) (ISBN: 978-1-848-090-3)

Of Being Circular (Knives Forks and Spoons: Newton-le-Willows, 2010) (ISBN: 978-0-9563928-5-5)

Momentum (Shearsman: Exeter, 2008) (ISBN: 978-1905700-32-5)

Hold: Poems 1994-2004 (Shearsman: Exeter, 2006) (ISBN: 0-907562-83-3)

SELECTED CRITICAL WORK

‘Contemporary Innovative Poetry by Women in the UK: Revoicing in the work of Holly Pester, SL Mendoza and Sophie Robinson’, Contemporary Women’s Writing, 9 (1), (March 2015), 53-72 (doi:10.1093/cww/vpu035)

‘The Pleasures of Reification: Kelvin Corcoran’s Lyric Lyric’, in: Brown, A (ed.), The Writing Occurs as Song: a Kelvin Corcoran Reader, (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2014), pp.125-138 (ISBN: 978-1-84861-320-1)

Talking Poetics: Dialogues in Innovative Poetry (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2011) (ISBN: 9781848611917) (full-length interviews with Karen Mac Cormack, Caroline Bergvall, Jennifer Moxley and Andrea Brady)

‘States of Transformation: Maggie O’Sullivan’s ‘Busk, Pierce’ and Excla’ in The Salt Companion to Maggie O’Sullivan (Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2011), pp. 179-202 (ISBN 978-1-876857-73-8)

‘Innovative Poetry in Britain Today’, in Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 60 (April 2010), (Tenerife: Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Facultad de Filología, Universidad de La Laguna), 15-30.