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Tim Liardet

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Personal statement

Tim Liardet is Professor of Poetry and the Co-Chair of the Bath Spa University Research Centre for Contemporary Writing. He coordinates most Undergraduate modules concerned with poetry and all MA modules concerned with poetry. He also teaches poetry to PhD level.

Liardet is of Huguenot extraction and has produced eight collections of poetry. His third collection Competing with the Piano Tuner was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and long-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 1998 and his fourth To the God of Rain a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Spring 2003. Liardet was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2002. He has reviewed poetry for such journals as The Independent, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Poetry Review and PN Review and was Poet-in-Residence at The Guardian. The Blood Choir, his fifth collection, won an Arts Council England Writers Award as a collection-in-progress in 2003, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Summer 2006 and shortlisted for the 2006 TS Eliot Prize. Tim Liardet has performed his work on BBC Radio Three and BBC Radio Four and read at many major festivals; he has read at the Ars Interpres Festival, Stockholm, and has been visiting poet at the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin. His poetry has been translated into Farsi, Macedonian and German. Priest Skear, a half-collection that turns the drowning of the twenty three Chinese cocklepickers in 2004 into a sort of political allegory, appeared in 2010 and was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2010. The Storm House, his eighth collection,appeared from Carcanet in July 2011. At Gris-Gris, a pamphlet, is due in October 2012; his next full collection, to be published by Carcanet, in September 2014; and a New and Selected Poems due from the same publisher in September 2015.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) University of York

 
  • Poetry Society
  • Poetry Book Society
  • Welsh Academy
  • The Arvon Foundation

Other external roles

  • Teaching Creative Writing in Stoke Heath Prison, 2001
  • Teaching MA Creative Writing, University of Bristol (2002 onwards)
  • Reading poetry submissions for New Writing Journal
  • Moderator for Norwich School of Art and Design, 2005
  • Poet in Residence, The Guardian, 2006
  • AHRC Collaborative Project on Training and Development for PhD Students in Creative Writing
  • Regular courses taught for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, Lumb Bank and The Hearst
  • Teaching at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre for Wales
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP Conference, Vancouver 2005
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP Conference, New York 2008
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP Conference, Chicago 2009
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP Conference, Washington DC 2011
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs: AWP Conference, Chicago 2012

Teaching specialism

  • Creative Writing, specialising in poetry, some teaching of prose;
  • The interface between Poetry and Prose; the threats that the writing of prose offer to poets;
  • The 'poetic techniques of novelists': De Lilllo , Golding, Lawrence, Marquez, Nabokov, Woolf;
  • The Organ Music of Milton;
  • Ted Hughes and the Dark Gods of Nature;
  • Enjambment, Syntax and Creative Punctuation;
  • Ekphrasis;
  • The Paradox of Audodidacticism.

Recent professional updating

  • School Staff Development Event on PDP
  • School Staff Development Events

Research and academic outputs

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Arcimboldo’s bulldog: new and selected poems
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Liardet, T (2017) Arcimboldo’s bulldog: new and selected poems. Carcanet, Manchester. (Forthcoming)


The world before snow
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Liardet, T (2015) The world before snow. Carcanet, Manchester. ISBN 9781847772091


Madame Sassoo goes bathing
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Liardet, T (2013) Madame Sassoo goes bathing. Shoestring Press, Nottingham. ISBN 9781907356643


The storm house
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Liardet, T (2011) The storm house. Carcanet, Manchester. ISBN 9781847770677


Priest Skear
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Liardet, T (2010) Priest Skear. Shoestring Press, Beeston. ISBN 9781907356094


The blood choir
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Liardet, T (2006) The blood choir. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854114143


The uses of pepper
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Liardet, T (2003) The uses of pepper. Smith/Doorstop, Huddersfield. ISBN 9781902382562


To the god of rain
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Liardet, T (2003) To the god of rain. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854113351


Competing with the piano tuner
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Liardet, T (1998) Competing with the piano tuner. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854112279


Fellini Beach
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Liardet, T (1994) Fellini Beach. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854111159


Clay Hill
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Liardet, T (1988) Clay Hill. Poetry Wales poets, 12 . Poetry Wales Press, Ogmore-by-Sea. ISBN 9780907476887


Self-portrait with aquarium octopus flashing a mirror
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Liardet, T (2016) 'Self-portrait with aquarium octopus flashing a mirror.' In: The T.S. Eliot Prize 2015. The Poetry Book Society, London.


Self-portrait with hiss and rattle of sleet
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Liardet, T (2015) 'Self-portrait with hiss and rattle of sleet.' In: Dear world. Three Shoes Press, Cheltenham.


Self-portrait with view of the great Chihuahuan wilderness; Self-portrait as water; Self-portrait with opium den deep interior
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Liardet, T (2015) 'Self-portrait with view of the great Chihuahuan wilderness; Self-portrait as water; Self-portrait with opium den deep interior.' In: Curator aquarum: in memoriam Regina Derieva. Ars Interpres, Stockholm. ISBN 9789198038651


Like slant rain; The dark age; The revenant
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Liardet, T (2014) 'Like slant rain; The dark age; The revenant.' In: Bailey, R.V and Hall, J, eds. The book of love and loss: poems for today. Belgrave, Bath. ISBN 9780954621520


Viginty Alley
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Liardet, T (2014) 'Viginty Alley.' In: Hannah, S, ed. The poetry of sex. Penguin, London. ISBN 9780670921836


The flint-rasp
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Liardet, T (2016) The flint-rasp. Agenda, 49 (3-4).


Self-portrait with extreme human empathy; Self-portrait as biomolecular love
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Liardet, T (2015) Self-portrait with extreme human empathy; Self-portrait as biomolecular love. Agenda, 49 (2).


Cop convo; Subtitles only
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Liardet, T (2015) Cop convo; Subtitles only. Poetry Review, 105 (3). ISSN 0032-2156


Self-portrait with Goffstown deep black and sun-up intensity
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Liardet, T (2014) Self-portrait with Goffstown deep black and sun-up intensity. Oxford Poetry, XV (ii).


Fevered by legible light [book review]
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Liardet, T (2014) Fevered by legible light [book review]. PN Review, 40 (3). ISSN 0144-7076


Two poems - God love the art deco angel; Portrait in the Gaudi mirror
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Liardet, T (2013) Two poems - God love the art deco angel; Portrait in the Gaudi mirror. PN Review, 40 (2). ISSN 0144-7076


Black silent waters; The rain-charm
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Liardet, T (2013) Black silent waters; The rain-charm. Poetry Review, 103 (1). ISSN 0032-2156


The vipers of Chanteau; The best art nouveau restaurant in Europe; Grunt; Darwin in Mauritius; Mister Gul as a migrating bush; Babe Ruth and the jumping women; Morpheum; Meeting Peter Porter a year after his death; A beggar in St Petesburg; Laws of probability; A dream of fair cyclists
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Liardet, T (2010) The vipers of Chanteau; The best art nouveau restaurant in Europe; Grunt; Darwin in Mauritius; Mister Gul as a migrating bush; Babe Ruth and the jumping women; Morpheum; Meeting Peter Porter a year after his death; A beggar in St Petesburg; Laws of probability; A dream of fair cyclists.


Ur-blue; The water-halt; Bucko in love; The pitch-dowsing
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Liardet, T (2007) Ur-blue; The water-halt; Bucko in love; The pitch-dowsing.


Chickens in Chinatown; Madame Sasoo goes bathing; Boy and bicycle in metamorphosis; Visions of the jet-lagged
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Liardet, T (2003) Chickens in Chinatown; Madame Sasoo goes bathing; Boy and bicycle in metamorphosis; Visions of the jet-lagged.


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