Lucy English

Lucy English


Personal statement

Lucy English is a Reader in Creative Writing. She teaches on the undergraduate and Master's Creative Writing courses. Her specialisms are performance/spoken word poetry, public speaking and writing for digital platforms.

She is one of the organisers of MIX, the Bath Spa conferences in digital writing.

She is co-creator of the poetry film organisation Liberated Words, which curates and screens poetry films.

She is currently studying for a PhD in Digital Writing, creating a digital poetry film project, The Book of Hours.

She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days (2000).

She is best known as a performance poet, first winning the Bristol Poetry Slam in 1996, then going on to tour worldwide, performing her poetry at many international festivals. Her first poetry collection, Prayer to Imperfection, was published by Burning Eye books in March 2014. Her second collection is due in 2018.

She co-ordinated the International Conference in the writing and practice of performance poetry at Bath Spa University and since then has run the first performance poetry module at a UK university.

In 2006 she was artistic director of Apples and Snakes Poetry Tour, Exposed. In 2007, she was a finalist in the first BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam. In 2010-11 she toured the UK with the acclaimed Arts Council sponsored multi-media poetry show, Flash, and in 2014-2015 toured with Count Me In. She continues to perform and produce spoken word poetry.

She has toured Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan with the British Council, running workshops and performances. She has also run workshops for Arvon. As an RLF consultant fellow, Lucy runs training workshops in UK universities.

Academic qualifications

  • Currently enrolled: PhD Digital Writing
  • BA English and American Literature and Fine Arts, University of East Anglia
  • MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University.

Professional memberships

  • Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow.

Other external roles

  • External examiner for Kingston University.


  • Spoken word
  • Performance poetry
  • Public speaking
  • Creative writing
  • Multi-media writing
  • Writing for digital platforms.


  • I wrote a poem live on air for AutumnWatch Unsprung 2010
  • I continue to work as a professional spoken word poet/producer, and in 2017 I produced the immersive spoken word show ‘All the Journeys I Never Took’.

I am interested in supervising students in:

  • Spoken word
  • Performance poetry
  • Film poems
  • Hybrid poetry
  • Digital poetry
  • Multi-media projects.

Research and academic outputs

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Prayer to imperfection

English, L (2014) Prayer to imperfection. Burning Eye Books, Portishead. ISBN 9781909136274

Why I'm here

English, L (2009) Why I'm here. Typical Mundy, Bristol. ISBN 9780956315106

Our dancing days

English, L (2000) Our dancing days. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 1841152420

Children of light

English, L (1999) Children of light. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 1857029763

Selfish people

English, L (1998) Selfish people. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 1857027639

The city

English, L (2002) 'The city.' In: Swift, T and Norton, P, eds. Short Fuse: the global anthology of new fusion poetry. Rattapallax Press, New York, p. 113. ISBN 9781892494535

Let me be

English, L (2002) 'Let me be.' In: Swift, T and Norton, P, eds. Short fuse: the global anthology of new fusion poetry. Rattapallax Press, New York. ISBN 9781892494535

Using students in 'Real Time' projects

English, L (2015) 'Using students in 'Real Time' projects.' Writing in Education, 65. pp. 36-38. ISSN 1361-8539

Brave new worlds: spoken word and open mic sessions

English, L (2013) 'Brave new worlds: spoken word and open mic sessions.' Myslexia (60). ISSN 1473-9399

Project and event work for undergraduate creative writing student development

Thebo, M, Vanderslice, S, McNair, P.A, English, L and Etter, C (2012) Project and event work for undergraduate creative writing student development. In: AWP Conference and Bookfair, 29 February -3 March 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.

Teach a writer to fish

Thebo, M, May, S, Albers, R, McNair, P and English, L (2009) Teach a writer to fish. In: Creative Writing In Education : NAWE Autumn Conference, 13 - 15 November 2009, Chilworth Manor, Southampton, UK.

All the journeys I never took

Tantony, R, Meseguer, R, Fredericks, S and English, L (2016) All the journeys I never took. The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, UK, 1 - 2 October 2016 [and 9 other venues as a touring production]..

Count me in: the stories behind the numbers in our lives

Arbury, S, Carmichael, G and English, L (2014) Count me in: the stories behind the numbers in our lives. St Ives Arts Club, St Ives [and 17 other venues as a touring production], 7 March 2014 - 26 March 2015.


English, L (2010) Flash. Touring show.


English, L (2006) Wordfest. Poetry performance in Banff and Calgary, Canada.

'Exposed' Poetry tour

English, L (2006) 'Exposed' Poetry tour. Poetry performances at 20 venues across the UK including Birmingham rep and Contact Theatre, Manchester..

Buzz Festival

English, L (2006) Buzz Festival. British Council tour of Sri Lanka and India: poetry performances.

'Temptation' Poetry Tour

English, L (2005) 'Temptation' Poetry Tour. Poetry performances at 18 venues across the UK including Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Poetry Café, London and Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham..

Passing On

English, L (2011) Passing On.

The book of hours [website]

English, L (2017) The book of hours [website].

Autumnwatch Unsprung

English, L (2011) Autumnwatch Unsprung.

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