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Dr Gregory Leadbetter

Gregory Leadbetter

Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

School of English

Gregory is a poet and critic, with research interests in English Romanticism, poetry and creative writing. His poetry collections include The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). A regular contributor to The Poetry Review, his poems are published widely elsewhere, including the journals The North, The Rialto, Magma and Poetry London, and the anthologies CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, Birdbook II, and See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers.

He has held a number of poetry commissions and residencies at schools, conferences and festivals, including a recent commission by Writing West Midlands for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and a poetry project working with refugees joint funded by Oxford Brookes University and Arts Council England. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. Gregory was also selected for the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Writer Development Programme 2015-16. His book on Coleridge’ s poetry, the transnatural, and the dilemmas of creativity, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English (formerly CCUE) Book Prize 2012. As well as his work on Coleridge, he has published essays on Wordsworth, Lamb, Keats and Ted Hughes. These include chapters in the Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford University Press), John Keats in Context and the forthcoming Ted Hughes in Context (both Cambridge University Press).

Gregory has also carried out primary research on witchcraft and magic in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century fiction, as part of a project funded by the British Academy. He regularly speaks at international academic conferences on Coleridge, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes, and chair events at Birmingham Literature Festival, including the Man Booker Prize event and interviews with leading authors.

Over the last ten years, Gregory has been invited to read his work at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Wenlock Poetry Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival, the Troubadour (Earls Court), Foyles Gallery (London), the Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh), Strokestown Poetry Festival (Ireland), the Herbert Art Gallery (Coventry), Goldsmiths, Warwick Words Festival, the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Coleridge International Summer Conference, and the University of Malta, Valletta.

As Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing in the School of English, he leads our programme of guest seminars and masterclasses with authors, editors and agents for our students, together with a programme of public literary events every year, including readings, book launches, seminars and writing workshops. He is currently supervising doctoral theses on representations of the domestic uncanny in contemporary short fiction, fictional autobiography and the fragmentary novel, and disability poetics.

Gregory is an external examiner for the University of Chichester creative writing programme, and has acted as external examiner for the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a peer reviewer for Romanticism, and a reader for Oxford University Press. Besides his work for The Poetry Review, he also reviews for Notes & Queries, Romanticism, The Wordsworth Circle, The Coleridge Bulletin, The Charles Lamb Bulletin, and the BARS Bulletin and Review.

Gregory is Vice-Chair and Trustee of the Friends of Coleridge, Trustee of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation, and Trustee of Writing West Midlands. He was Hon. Treasurer of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation 2014-16, and Trustee of Wenlock Poetry Festival 2013-16. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Ted Hughes Society, the British Association for Romantic Studies, University English, and the European Society for the Study of English.

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