Dr Ben Smith
Lecturer in English and Creative Writing
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Lecturer in Creative Writing.
PhD English, University of Exeter.
Contemporary Fiction and Poetry, Literature and the Environment, Ecocriticism, Climate Change and the Anthropocene.
Creative practice & artistic projects
Drawing on my interest in poetry and the environment, I have worked with a wildlife film-maker to produce a short film, The Wet Desert, which explores the landscape and ecology of Dartmoor.
“Beating the Bounds: Mapping theBorders of Self and Landscape in the Work of John Burnside and Tim Robinson”. GreenLetters (Vol 17, No.1) Twentieth-centuryNature Writing Special Issue (Feb 2013).
“UKESM at the CrosscurrentsPoetry Event” The UK Earth System ModelNewsletter. (Summer, 2017)
“Singing at the Right Pace: TheSonglines of Alice Oswald and Thomas A. Clark”. PN Review (Issue 205, May/June 2012. p. 50).
Doggerland. UK and Commonwealth: 4th Estate (April 2019)
---. Netherlands: Atlas Contact (2019)
Sky Burials. Worple Press (2014).
My poetry has been published widely in journals and magazines including Agenda, Poetry Wales, Orbis, Acumen, The London Magazine, Envoi, Succour, Canto and Earthlines.
My work has also be anthologised in The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods and People (Worple Press, 2017) and Entanglements: An Anthology of Ecopoetry (Two Ravens Press, 2012).
Reports & invited lectures
Invited speaker at the University of East Anglia's 'Speculative Natures' Research Group, March 2018.
Organisation Committee of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI) Annual Conference, Plymouth 2019.