Dr. Scott Thurston

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House 200E

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Current positions

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.

Areas of research

Poetry, Performance, Innovation, Experiment, Dance


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