Miranda Barnes

Personal statement

Dr Miranda Barnes has been teaching Creative Writing with Bath Spa University since 2013, and was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in 2017.

Her research focused on poetry functioning as dialogue between science and spirituality, via the lens of human experience. Her collection of poetry, written as the creative component to this thesis, Twelve Foundation Stones of the New Heaven, manifests the concepts explored within her critical work. She is particularly interested in poetry that engages with science, as well as ecological and environmental concerns, but which values the human perspective.

She has presented on her research at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, the conference for the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and most recently gave a talk for Creative Writing MA students at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. She has also led various workshops on the subject.

Miranda is an internationally published poet; her poems have appeared in respected journals on both sides of the Atlantic.

Miranda’s priorities in teaching Creative Writing adopt those of famed American poet, Carolyn Forché: she encourages viewing the workshopped draft as experiment, to be considered in “its possibilities and implications, rather than as a finished product,” and believes the classroom functions as a community, in which students must “develop their critical faculties, not only for their own benefit, but for their classmates.”

It is important to her to create a motivating and encouraging classroom atmosphere, allowing students to achieve their best work. Miranda enjoys facilitating and encouraging imagination, experimentation, and the development of craft expertise in her seminars.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Creative Writing, Poetry, Bath Spa University
  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts, USA), Creative Writing, Poetry, Spalding University
  • BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts, USA), Creative Writing, University of Evansville.

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


  • CS4001 Writers Workshop 1
  • CS4003 Reading to Write Poetry
  • CS5021 Sudden Prose.

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