Research in English and creative writing

Creativity, innovation and exploration in the beautiful South West

The English and Creative Writing department is home to a thriving and diverse research culture. Our work spans creative writing, cultural history and literary studies, combining excellence in established areas of research with the exploration of cutting-edge concerns.
Recent points of focus for the department have included literatures of place, memory, and identity; the environment and the Anthropocene; poetry and poetic practice; archival literary and historical study. Members of the department have worked with partner organisations and communities to bring about change in areas ranging from mental health, to an understanding of our colonial past, to our responses to the climate emergency.
We support a large and vibrant postgraduate community, with a portfolio of MAs and a ResM/PhD programme. Our postgraduate students benefit from targeted skills and career development training, situated within a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. 
English and Creative Writing at Plymouth was first in the South West for its 4/3* star research outputs and impact in REF2021, signifying 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' work.

Our researchers

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