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School of Arts and Media

Dr Scott Thurston

Reader in English and Creative Writing


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.


I teach on the following modules:


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


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


Poems for the Dance (Llangattock: Aquifer Press, 2017) (ISBN: 978-0-9928438-9-2)

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)



‘Vital Signs: Poetry, Movement and the Writing Body’(with Sarie Mairs Slee), Choreographic Practices 8 (1), (2017), 9-25 (doi: 10.1386/chor.8.1.9_1)

‘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.