Dr Russell Evans

Dr Russell Evans

Associate Lecturer

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



I'm a writer and artist, working in the fields of visual poetry and creative nonfiction. I gained my PhD in visual and diagram poetry. Related research interests include artificial intelligence and digital humanities in poetry; using poetry comics for therapeutic ends; exploring community trauma and personal histories via visual and text work. My poetry comics have been published recently in Heavy Feather Review (issue 12), 3AM magazine (November 2022) and CWP Journal (Fall 2022 issue). 

I was a freelance magazine writer for ten years, working for UK consumer magazines as well as The Guardian, focusing on film and media. I had two books about filmmaking published in the US for Routledge imprint Focal Press, both of which were translated into Spanish. My art work has been exhibited in the UK, Italy and New York and I am an artist member of Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers, New York. I am also active in poetry groups and am a member of ArtSpeak poetry group, New York.

Aside from teaching and research I also work with young people facing exclusion from society due to criminality or addiction.



PhD, University of Plymouth 2022

BA (hons) Fine Art, 1986-90, University of Plymouth

Certificate of Education, Exeter University, 2002

Programme manager, FdA Journalism, Exeter College (Plymouth University partner college), 2007 - 2018

Lecturer on critical studies modules, Plymouth Marjon, (AL, Journalism), 2017-18

Responsible for establishing and writing courses for approval: FdA Digital Video (2006) and FdA Journalism (2007)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

External approval panel member, University of Gloucester, 2017



Teaching interests

Professional writing, employability, poetry, digital poetics, creative non-fiction.

In 2022-23 I am contributing to MA Creative Writing, ENG4003 Craft of Writing 1 and am module lead on Craft of Writing 2 and Feature writing (ENGL618).



Research interests

Creative practice:

My creative practice is centred on creating visual poetry in the form of poetry comics. I also write poetry and cretaive nonfiction.


My research interests are currently focused on using artificial intelligence and data to examine poetry. I am looking at how linguistic features affect Shannon Text Entropy in poetry and at using sentiment analysis to explore online text.




Over eighty articles published in national magazines including Practical DV; Computer Arts; DSLR User; Digital Filmmaker; The Guardian; Digital Arts, Green Parent between 2002 and 2015.


Practical DV Filmmaking (Focal Press, now Routledge), 2002

Second edition, 2005. Translated into Spanish 2006.


Stand Out Shorts (Focal Press, now Routledge), 2010

Translated into Spanish 2011


Selected exhibitions:

Rotterdam Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten, 1989

Exe Gallery, 1990

University of Exeter, 1996

Ark Gallery, Oxford, 1998

Wigan Arts Centre, 1998

Arnolfini, Bristol, 2016

LoosenArt, Cagliari, Italy, 2016

Blue Door Gallery, New York, 2017