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)
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Roles on external bodies
Founder of Plymouth's Student Open-Mic Night
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
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.
The contemporary pastoral
Place and space
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
Literary Criticism: Three Steps Towards A Rural Utopia: Negotiating Urban Despair in Peter Riley’s Alstonefield, published in Antonym Journal. https://bit.ly/2AP8bL4
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 (
Other academic activities
Research Assistant, ASLE Radical Poetry Seminar Series
Research Assistant, Short Course Market Research
Research Assistant, Short Course Management
Research Assistant, PoetryandCovid.com
Research Assistant, typesetter and designer for Periplum Poetry