Sam Kemp

Sam Kemp

Research Assistant

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

Associate Lecturer and Research Assistant specialising in radical landscape poetry, psychogeography and visual/digital poetics.


BA Creative Writing, First Class Honours

MA Creative and Critical Writing, First Class Honours

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

PhD Creative Writing (2020 completion)

Professional membership

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

Poetry Society

Advance HE

Roles on external bodies

Founder of Plymouth's Student Open-Mic Night

Teaching interests

Sam teaches all aspects of Creative Writing including on the ENGL401 Craft of Writing module designed to give an overview of writing genres and the guidelines that bind poetry, prose and creative non-fiction together. He's also taught elements of publishing and led the MA Publishing Induction 2018.


- Module Lead on ENGL609 Contemporary Poetry

- Associate Lecturer on ENGL503 Dramatic Writing

- Associate Lecturer on Critical Writing Skills Workshop

- Associate Lecturer on PUBL601 (The Mayflower 2020 project)

- Associate Lecturer and manager for SU-funded Creative Writing sessions for Postgrad students


- Module Lead for ENGL617 Advanced Poetry

- Module Lead for Finding Your Voice CPD course

Research interests

Sam specialises in contemporary poetry, particularly radical landscape poetry and psychogeographical and mythogeographical literature. Experimental form, linguistics and typology are among his interests. His work has been anthologised and published in numerous international journals. 

He's presented his research at international conferences and continues to develop publications both critical and creative.

Other research


The contemporary pastoral




Place and space


Digital Poetry

Grants & contracts

Students Union Postgraduate Community Development Fund

Creative practice & artistic projects

PhD in Creative Writing: ‘Moving through certainty’ Towards a poetics of Mythogeography: drifting through narrative tensions of nostalgia in radical landscape poetry

Other Publications

Literary Criticism: Three Steps Towards A Rural Utopia: Negotiating Urban Despair in Peter Riley’s Alstonefield, published in Antonym Journal.

Poetry: Lighthouse, Stand, Streetcake, Post-Road, Compass, Brittle Star, Sea Post Press, Envoi, Compass, Ink Sweat and Tears, Dream Catcher, Angle Poetry, Fire, Smoke.

Reports & invited lectures

Mythogeography, University of Bournemouth (

Conferences organised

ASLE 2019

Other academic activities

Research Assistant, ASLE Radical Poetry Seminar Series

Research Assistant, Short Course Market Research

Research Assistant, Short Course Management

Research Assistant,

Research Assistant, typesetter and designer for Periplum Poetry