Dr Mark Leahy

Dr Mark Leahy

Associate Lecturer A

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education), University College Falmouth; (completed August 2009)

PhD on contemporary American poetry at the School of English, University of Leeds; (completed December 1999, conferred July 2000)

MA by Research in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at Department of English, University College Dublin; (first class honours, 1994)

BA in English (Mode 1); (first class honours, 1993) University College Dublin

NCEA Diploma in Fine Art – Sculpture; (pass with distinction, 1986) Limerick School of Art and Design

Teaching interests

Associate Lecturer; Department of English and Creative Writing , Plymouth University; October 2016 – the present.

Teaching on MA Creative Writing: CWMA703 Dramatic Writing and CWMA705 Dissertation.

Associate Lecturer; Department of Fine Art, Plymouth University; October 2014 – the present.

Teaching on MA Contemporary Art Practices.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for MA Creative and Professional Writing
Roehampton University
2005/06 to 2008 /09

External Examiner for Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media
De Montfort University
2006/07 to 2010/11

Research interests

Current PhD Supervision

Director of Studies on PhD project by

Drew Turner (UAL regs. Falmouth University) 

(Re)imagining home: Developing illustrated narratives in a participatory case study.

Second Supervisor on PhD project by

Paul Reynolds (UAL regs. Falmouth University)

A Practice-Based Inquiry into a Taxonomy and Ontology of Holes in Devoré-Lace.

Second Supervisor on PhD project by

Steven A. Evans (Plymouth University / Transart)

Creative Caprice: States of Consciousness, Intrinsic Interest, Emotion and Practice-based Phenomenological Inquiry.

Other research

Research Projects Examined

2017 Internal Examiner on PhD (Falmouth University)

2017 External Examiner on PhD (Birkbeck, University of London)

2016 External Examiner on MPhil (Aberystwyth, University of Wales)

2016 External Examiner on PhD (De Montfort University)

2016 External Examiner on PhD (Central St Martin’s UAL)

2014 External Examiner on PhD (De Montfort University)

2012 External Examiner on PhD by Publication (Roehampton University)

2008 Internal Examiner on MPhil / PhD submission (University of Plymouth)

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

All these supervised projects have included writing or performance practice as a significant element, and have been interdisciplinary across different fields of making or research.

Second Supervisor on PhD by
Katrina Brown (UAL regs. Falmouth University, submitted 2017)
Intersect / Surface / Body: A Choreographics of Drawing

Second Supervisor on PhD by
Annabel Banks (UAL regs. Falmouth University, submitted 2015 )
Poetry and the Boulton and Watt Archive: History, Story, Community

Second Supervisor on PhD by
Mark Greenwood (Kingston University; submitted 2012)
The body considered as a site of writing, resistant to the advance of cultural commodification.

Director of Studies on PhD by
Camilla Nelson (University College Falmouth / UAL; submitted 2012)
Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry

Second Supervisor on MPhil by
David Sullivan (University College Falmouth / University of Plymouth; submitted 2011)
The Visible Invisible Object: A Photographic Enquiry ‘Recording’ a Lived Life

Second Supervisor on PhD by
Larry Lynch (Dartington College of Arts / University of Plymouth; submitted 2009)
The Difficult Impossible: Writing, Performance and the Subject

Second Supervisor on PhD project by
David Evans (Dartington College of Arts / University of Plymouth; submitted 2007)
Reading neuroscience : ventriloquism as a metaphor for multiple readings of self

Second Supervisor on PhD project by
Anya Lewin (Dartington College of Arts / University of Plymouth; submitted 2006)
Performing a practice: narrative - translation - live installation - urban intervention

Creative practice & artistic projects

June 2018   telling time - a Communal Making workshop commissioned for Jamboree 2018, Dartington, Devon

Apr 2017    Subject to Gesture - collaborative performance project with Benjamin D. Duvall; commissioned by Mark Greenwood for Gramophone Ray Gun 6, Everyman Bistro, Liverpool

Oct 2015    his voice - live and digital performance commissioned for Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair, Karst, Plymouth;

Apr 2015    flat-head self-tapping - performance presented as part of Care & Attend, curated by Joanne Lee and Emma Cocker for SAR Spring Event, Chelsea School of Art, London

Nov 2014   answering machine - live and online digital performance commissioned for Experimentica14 festival; Chapter Arts, Cardiff

May 2013   muster page habit 2 - digital performance commissioned for EVP by Mercy and Penned in the Margins, at The Cube, Bristol

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


‘Contextualising “his voice”: Disrupted Utterance in a Digital Material Interface.’ Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures no. 20, 2019. doi:10.20415/hyp/020.int01

‘Hand in Glove – sinister hand vested sable lozengy couped’ in Open Letter, 14th series, no. 8; ‘Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics’ (guest-edited by Nancy Gillespie and Peter Jaeger), (Spring 2012), pp 74-82, ISSN 0048-1939

what is it here now I can persuade you of? scraps towards a rhetoric of poetry performance, Frackija: Performing Arts Magazine no. 37/38 ‘Rhetoric’, Autumn 2005 / Winter 2006, pp 48-57, ISSN 1331 - 0100

Leahy M 2019 'Contextualising “his voice”: Disrupted Utterance in a Digital Material Interface' Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures (20) , DOI
Leahy M 2018 'Disrupting the Market in Echoes' Performance Research 23, (2) 75-81 , DOI PEARL
Leahy M 2016 'Apologies for Blanks or Laments for Dumbness: Tina Darragh’s <i>Opposable Dumbs</i> as Open Source and/or Open Content' C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings 4, (1) , DOI PEARL
Leahy M 2012 '‘Hand in Glove – sinister hand vested sable lozengy couped’' Open Letter 74-82
Leahy M 2009 'Glossing <I>Speakers</I>, or bookmaking for amateurs' Journal of Writing in Creative Practice 2, (1) 55-67 , DOI
Leahy M 2005 'Plantation And Thicket' Performance Research 10, (2) 111-121 , DOI

"it is the act and not the object of perception that matters": MacGreevy’s poetry in relation to perception in literary and visual arts, in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal, Susan Schreibman, ed., Bloomsbury Academic, June 2013, pp 33-47

'“I might have been a painter”: John James and the Relation between Visual and Verbal Arts', The Salt Companion to John James, Simon Perrill ed., Salt Books, March 2010, pp 195-223

‘Private Public Reading: Readers in Digital Literature Installation’, A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens eds., Oxford: Blackwell, 2007, pp 301-317, ISBN 1405148640

'Repetition, rereading, recognition in the poetry of Bruce Andrews' in The Mechanics of the Mirage: Post-War American Poetry, University of Liége, Belgium, May 2000

Leahy M & Leahy GM 2013 '”it is the act and not the object of perception that matters”: MacGreevy’s poetry in relation to perception in literary and visual arts' in Schreibman S The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal London Bloomsbury Academic

Other academic activities

Curriculum Development

Development of MFA Contemporary Art Practices
Plymouth University (2017-2018)

Developing module in Poetry for Performance and Publication
Developing Critical Practices module for Creative Writing
Developing module in Writing and Digital Practices for Theatre
Developing Module in Publication and Performance
Falmouth University (2012 – 2015)

Developing Modules for Minor Award in Textual Practices,
Developing content for BA (Hons) Writing modules,
Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon (2006 -2010)

Module design and development of Writing for Art and Design Students
Department of Visual Media and Culture, University of Middlesex (2003-2004)

Additional information

I have peer reviewed essays for Textual Practice, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, and
for Literary and Linguistic Computing

I was a reviewer for DRHA (Digital Research in Humanities and Arts)
2009, 2010 and 2011