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The Poetry Hub – Bath Spa University

Any student can come to Bath Spa University and progress through one of the most sophisticated poetry programmes in the country. It is a clear-cut trajectory of learning.

The Poetry Hub of Bath Spa University strives for excellence in all fields of Poetry, in the writing, the reading, the practice and application of poetry.

The Poetry Hub believes that poetry and poets must push language to its limits, and hence take the risks with language from which all genres of writing benefit.

Poet W.H. Auden said the principal role of poetry is to ‘protect language’. We go further. We believe poetry can augment, expand and provoke language, force it to grow. We want to stimulate passion for the literary arts.

It is also our goal to promote poetic literacy, to support and empower emerging and established poets, and to bring the best practitioners of the craft into the community. We believe that Poetry is the food of the spirit. The Poetry Hub is a living archive which seeks to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry.

Within The Poetry Hub

The poetry intensification


The three level BA Hons (Creative Writing) programme guides students through the stages of becoming a skilful poet: from the first level, exploring artistic excitement and gaining the tools of craft, to the next level where students learn the forms into which that excitement can be channelled.

From that formal experimentation students will progress to Poetry as Synthesis, the third year module during in which they will deconstruct the anatomy of a successful poem and get to grips with the science of collection-building.


For those wishing to go one stage further, the MA in Creative Writing will enable students to develop, explore and challenge their expertise in the writing of poetry. MA students will belong to a community of aspiring poets who share exactly the same learning values as they do. The reading of poetry will quadruple. Many students, at this stage, begin to publish their first poems.

For further information, please contact Dr Richard Kerridge:


Students wishing to progress even further in their expertise will pursue the culmination of poetry study in Bath Spa University’s Poetry Hub: the Creative PhD. The Creative Writing PhD in Poetry explores the cross-pollination between an original idea of your own creation and the writing of a collection of poems which—in the most affirmative terms—reflects that idea.

For further information, please contact Dr Tracy Brain:

Staff, students and alumni

The Poetry Hub is comprised of a highly experienced team of poet-teachers. We are practitioners above all else. The faculty includes Professor Tim Liardet (T.S. Eliot nominee, five times PBS-recommended, Arts Council England Writer’s Award) Professor Gerard Woodward (T.S. Eliot Prize nominee), Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor Carrie Etter, (Winner of London New Poets’ Award, Ted Hughes Award nominee) Neil Rollinson (winner of the National Poetry Competition, Michael Marks Award nominee) Reader Lucy English (BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam Finalist).

We also have a wide network of teachers who not only have taught on the modular programme but have run one-off masterclasses and seminars and lectures. These include Les Murray, John Burnside, David Harsent, Greta Stoddart, Amir Or, Pascale Petit, Robert Minhinnick and David Morley.

All poetry teaching at Bath Spa University emphasises the importance of the publishing market. The protocols of poetry publishing are idiosyncratically particular and need to be understood by all poetry students. Graduates from the MA in Creative Writing: Poetry have published collections with Tall Lighthouse, Oversteps, Seren, Smith/Doorstop, Mulfran Press, Templar Poetry, New York Quarterly—among other poetry publishers. Others have placed poems in individual journals and publications such as Poetry Review, PN Review, The Best Australian Poetry, Under the Radar, The Rialto, Poetry Wales, The Edinburgh Review, The Warwick Review, The Long Poem Magazine, The London Magazine, Stand Magazine, The New Welsh Review, Smiths Knoll, Tears in the Fence, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Orbis, Staple, among many others.

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