Dr Miriam Darlington

Dr Miriam Darlington

Lecturer in English and Creative Writing

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Miriam can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Contemporary nature writing
  • Creative non-fiction
  • The natural history of owls in Europe
  • Otters in literature
  • The natural history of otters
  • Otter tracking

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Darlington MC 2014 'OWL SENSE http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/politicsofplace/files/2012/02/2015WinterPOP_DARLINGTON.pdf' Politics of Place
Darlington MC 2018 Owl Sense. Guardian Faber Publishing
Darlington M 2013 Otter Country. Granta Books

Additional information

I graduated from Sussex University in 1992 with a BA Hons in Modern Languages and after that proceeded to study for an MA in Children's Literature at the Roehampton Institute. I later gained a PGCE and taught English and French in Secondary School for 12 years. In 2008 my first poetry collection, 'Windfall' was published by Oversteps Books. In 2009 I began a Creative and Critical PhD at Exeter University and in 2012 the creative work, 'Otter Country' a nature-travel memoir was published by Granta to great acclaim. In September 2013 I was appointed as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth. I graduated with my PhD in 2014, and my research interests centre around wildlife writing, travel and nature writing, memoir, ecocriticism and ecopoetry. I am currently working on 'Owl Sense', a book about the human relationship with owls.

Research Interests:
Travel writing, ecopoetry, nature writing, environment and conservation; wildlife writing; memoir, biography; creative nonfiction.