Prof Scott Thurston

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Current positions

Professor Poetry Innov Creative Practice


I first began writing poetry in the vortex of the London experimental poetry scene in the late 1980s when I regularly attended the Sub-Voicive poetry reading series and Bob Cobbing’s New River Project workshops. Following my first degree in English at UEA, I moved to Poland to teach for a few years. On my return, I studied for a PhD in Poetics under the supervision of Robert Sheppard at Edge Hill. I joined Salford in 1994 to set up our degree in English and Creative Writing and later established our Masters in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment and our PhD pathway in Creative Writing.

I am passionate about poetry that dares to do different. I co-organised The Other Room – a reading series promoting experimental writing in Manchester for ten years and I co-founded and co-edit the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (since 2009) – the first and only journal of its kind in the UK.

Since 2004, I have been developing a practice integrating dance and poetry which I call kinepoetics. This has involved me studying with dancers in Berlin and New York and collaborating with three dancers in the UK. I worked with Sarie Mairs Slee on the Arts Council funded project Vital Signs, with Julia Griffin on Dancing the Blues and Together Un/Tethered (both linked to the Arts for the Blues project -- see below) and currently collaborate with dancer and researcher Gemma Collard-Stokes.

Following this interest into a collaboration with Dance Movement Psychotherapist Vicky Karkou and Counselling Psychologist Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, led to the founding of Arts for the Blues, a new creative group psychotherapy model.

I am also studying for a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Salford.

Areas of Research

Contemporary British and North American Innovative Poetry and Poetics;
Experimental Dance and Movement Practices;
Creative Approaches to health, Well-being and Therapeutic Practice


I teach or have taught on the following undergraduate modules:
Creative Practice; Working the Text; Writing Poetry in the Twenty-first Century; New Departures: Reading and Writing Innovative Poetry and Final Portfolio.

I also contribute to the postgraduate modules: Experimental Practice,
Creative Project, Theory, Text, Writing and Professional Practice.

I have supervised critical and creative PhD level research on a wide range of topics, including contemporary innovative poetry and poetics, performance, experimental writing. I welcome new proposals in my key areas of interest above.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Poetics

    1997 - 2001