Dr. Judy Kendall

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House 200b

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Current positions

Reader in English and Creative Writing


I am a Reader in English and Creative Writing at Salford. I have an MA in English from Cambridge university and in Creative Writing from Lancaster university. My PhD was on the process of poetic composition with special reference to Edward Thomas, I 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. I have acted as Research Lead for the English and Creative Writing Group and now lead on the MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment. 

I specialise in visual text, collaborative translation, poetry and poetry composition as both academic and creative practitioner. I also have a background as a playwright and short story writer and have won awards in both these areas. I have published four volumes of poetry, with two of my poems featuring on the EDEXCEL A level and AS syllabus. I have also published two research monographs on the process of poetic composition, two edited volumes of poets' letters, and many articles on the subjects of poetic composition, translation and visual text, and have won a number of awards for both my creative and academic work, including featuring twice in Guardian round ups of best books of the year. I guest-edited the European Journal of English Studies special Visual Text issue, together with my colleague Glyn White. I am 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. I am currently translating riddles from Old English into modern English and working on an Edinburgh University Press monograph on the thickness of language in translation composition and process , with a future volume planned on the creation and teaching of visual text effects. 

Areas of research

Visual text, Cultural translation, Haiku, Old English translation, Creative process, Creative practice research


Module Leader and Tutor for

  • Introduction to Poetry (year 1) - literature
  • Visual Text (year 3) – literature and creative writing
  • Final Portfolio (year 3) – creative writing

Tutor for

  • Creative Practice (year 1) – creative writing, poetry
  • Working the Text (year 1) – creative writing, theatre
  • Theory Text and Writing (MA) – literature and creative writing, theory
  • Experimental Practice (MA) – creative writing
  • Writing Workshop (MA) – creative writing
  • Professional Practice (MA) – creative writing
  • Creative Project (MA) – creative writing

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
  • Genre-crossing
  • 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


  • Phd


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