English Language and Literature research

Area of research excellence: English Language and Literature

Creative Writing and English Literature at Bath Spa University have a deep and meaningful interdisciplinary relationship with one another, in which creative and critical practice are directly and vitally linked.

This enables a kind of innovative, rigorous, and socially engaged praxis that can be seen in individual research outputs and impact, collaboration through research centres and beyond, externally funded research projects, and coherent strategic planning across this research area.

The symbiosis between creative and critical practice is a distinctive feature of our individual outputs, research environment, and research impact, as is our commitment to producing innovative, rigorous and socially engaged research. This has enabled us to extend and consolidate our position as research leaders in areas such as:

  • creative writing
  • ecocriticism
  • gothic studies
  • writing for young people
  • history of the book and
  • digital writing and criticism.

Our approach to research impact builds on our extensive and substantial track record of public outreach. But it extends well beyond readings, lectures, and performances to demonstrate how creative writers and literary scholars are often uniquely placed to shape how individuals apprehend and articulate the complexities of their own lived experience.

Our shared commitment to the interrelationships between creative and critical practice has enabled us to develop distinctive and nuanced dialogues with communities outside of the university. These qualities were evidenced in the 2014 impact submission, but the case studies highlighted here demonstrate how our understanding and management of impact has improved in sophistication and effect.

Research and academic outputs

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The living world: Nan Shepherd and environmental thought
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Walton, S (2020) The living world: Nan Shepherd and environmental thought. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350153226


Old books and digital publishing: the history of Eighteenth-Century Collections Online
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Gregg, S.H (2020) Old books and digital publishing: the history of Eighteenth-Century Collections Online. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108767415


The subject of Britain: 1603-25
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Ivic, C (2020) The subject of Britain: 1603-25. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719088704


Elitism: a progressive defence
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Glaser, E (2020) Elitism: a progressive defence. Biteback Publishing, London. ISBN 9781785906077


Forest green
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Pullinger, K (2020) Forest green. Doubleday Canada, Toronto. ISBN 9780385683043


Reclaiming Romanticism: towards an ecopoetics of decolonization
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Rigby, K (2020) Reclaiming Romanticism: towards an ecopoetics of decolonization. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781474290593


The shapeless unease: a year of not sleeping
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Harvey, S (2020) The shapeless unease: a year of not sleeping. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 9781787332027


Shadow
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Christopher, L and Suvorova, A (2019) Shadow. Lantana, London. ISBN 9781911373834


Thomas De Quincey: selected writings
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Morrison, R, ed. (2019) Thomas De Quincey: selected writings. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199676897


Rebel writers: the accidental feminists
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Brayfield, C (2019) Rebel writers: the accidental feminists. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781448217496


The Regency revolution: Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron and the making of the modern world
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Morrison, R (2019) The Regency revolution: Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron and the making of the modern world. Atlantic Books, London. ISBN 9781786491237


The heartland: finding and losing schizophrenia
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Filer, N (2019) The heartland: finding and losing schizophrenia. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 9780571345953


Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist period
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Binckes, F and Snyder, C, eds. (2019) Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist period. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474450645


Hannah Lynch (1859-1904): Irish writer, cosmopolitan, New Woman
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2019) Hannah Lynch (1859-1904): Irish writer, cosmopolitan, New Woman. Cork University Press, Cork. ISBN 9781782053330


Self heal
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Walton, S (2018) Self heal. Boiler House Press, Norwich. ISBN 9781911343462


The weather in Normal
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Etter, C (2018) The weather in Normal. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781781724590


The wren: a biography
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Moss, S (2018) The wren: a biography. Square Peg, London. ISBN 9781910931936


Our homesick songs
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Hooper, E (2018) Our homesick songs. Penguin, London. ISBN 9780241273807


The colour of the sun
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Almond, D (2018) The colour of the sun. Hodder Children's Books, London. ISBN 9781444919554


The paper lovers
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Woodward, G (2018) The paper lovers. Picador, London. ISBN 9781509847983


J.H. Prynne, The oval window: a new annotated edition
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Reeve, N.H and Kerridge, R, eds. (2018) J.H. Prynne, The oval window: a new annotated edition. Bloodaxe Books, Hexham. ISBN 9781780371269


Project boast
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Bentham, R and Hallett, A, eds. (2018) Project boast. Triarchy Press, Axminster. ISBN 9781911193418


The friendly ones
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Hensher, P (2018) The friendly ones. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780008175641


Happiness: a novel
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Forna, A (2018) Happiness: a novel. Grove Press, New York, NY. ISBN 9780802127556


The western wind
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Harvey, S (2018) The western wind. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9781787330597


Sweetpea
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Skuse, C.J (2017) Sweetpea. HQ, London. ISBN 9780008216719


Legoland
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Woodward, G (2017) Legoland. Picador, London. ISBN 9781447288695


The power
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Alderman, N (2016) The power. Viking, London. ISBN 9780670919987


Hillstation
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Mukherjee, R (2016) Hillstation. Oldcastle Books, Harpenden. ISBN 9781843447429


Tales of persuasion
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Hensher, P (2016) Tales of persuasion. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 9780007459636


Before the war
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Weldon, F (2016) Before the war. Head of Zeus, London. ISBN 9781784082086


The past
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Hadley, T (2015) The past. Jonathan Cape, London. ISBN 9780224101691


Joe all alone
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Nadin, J (2015) Joe all alone. Little, Brown Books for Younger Readers, London. ISBN 9780349124551


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


Dancing with disaster : environmental histories, narratives, and ethics for perilous times
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Rigby, K (2015) Dancing with disaster : environmental histories, narratives, and ethics for perilous times. Under the sign of nature: explorations in ecocriticism . University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. ISBN 9780813936901


That devil's trick: hypnotism and the Victorian popular imagination
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Hughes, W (2015) That devil's trick: hypnotism and the Victorian popular imagination. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719074837


Etta and Otto and Russell and James
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Hooper, E (2015) Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Penguin, London. ISBN 9780241003329


Guilty but insane: mind and law in golden age detective fiction
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Walton, S (2015) Guilty but insane: mind and law in golden age detective fiction. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198723325


Dear thief
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Harvey, S (2014) Dear thief. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 9780224101721


The tightrope walkers
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Almond, D (2014) The tightrope walkers. Penguin, London. ISBN 9780241003237


The emperor waltz
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Hensher, P (2014) The emperor waltz. Fourth Estate, London. ISBN 0007459572


Virginia Woolf in Manhattan
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Gee, M (2014) Virginia Woolf in Manhattan. Telegram, London. ISBN 9781846591884


Landing gear: a novel
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Pullinger, K (2014) Landing gear: a novel. Touchstone Books, New York: London. ISBN 9781476751375


Cold blood: adventures with reptiles and amphibians
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Kerridge, R (2014) Cold blood: adventures with reptiles and amphibians. Chatto & Windus, London. ISBN 9780701187958


The dynamite room
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Hewitt, J (2014) The dynamite room. Simon & Schuster, London. ISBN 9781471127427


Vanishing
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Woodward, G (2014) Vanishing. Picador, London. ISBN 9780330518642


Imagined sons
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Etter, C (2014) Imagined sons. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781781721513


Hooey Higgins and the storm
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Voake, S (2014) Hooey Higgins and the storm. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406343311


Fiction published under a pseudonym
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Brain, T (2014) Fiction published under a pseudonym. Harper Collins, London.


Ready reader one: recovering reading as an ambient practice
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Gadd, I (2020) 'Ready reader one: recovering reading as an ambient practice.' In: Abba, T, Dovey, J and Pullinger, K, eds. Ambient literature: towards a new poetics of situated writing and reading practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 27-51. ISBN 9783030414559


Understanding empathy through a study of autistic life writing: on the importance of neurodiverse morality
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Stenning, A (2020) 'Understanding empathy through a study of autistic life writing: on the importance of neurodiverse morality.' In: Rosquvist, H, Chown, N and Stenning, A, eds. Neurodiversity studies: a new critical paradigm. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 108-124. ISBN 9780367338312


Lady Morgan and "the babbling page of history": cultural transition as performance in the Irish national tale
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Lloyd, N (2020) 'Lady Morgan and "the babbling page of history": cultural transition as performance in the Irish national tale.' In: Connolly, C, ed. Irish literature in transition, 1780-1830. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 206-225. ISBN 9781108492980


Autism and cognitive embodiment: steps towards a non-ableist walking literature
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Stenning, A (2019) 'Autism and cognitive embodiment: steps towards a non-ableist walking literature.' In: Borthwick, D, Marland, P and Stenning, A, eds. Walking, landscape and environment. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 149-167. ISBN 9781138630109


Body burdens: the materiality of work in Rita Wong's 'Forage'
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Walton, S (2019) 'Body burdens: the materiality of work in Rita Wong's 'Forage'.' In: Walton, J.L and Luker, E, eds. Poetry and work: work in modern and contemporary Anglophone poetry. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 263-290. ISBN 9783030261245


‘A story of treasure, war, and wild adventure’: hero-worship, imperial masculinities, and inter-generational ideology in H. Rider Haggard’s 1880s fiction
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Goodman, H (2019) '‘A story of treasure, war, and wild adventure’: hero-worship, imperial masculinities, and inter-generational ideology in H. Rider Haggard’s 1880s fiction.' In: Brown, M, Barry, A.M and Begiato, J, eds. Martial masculinities: imagining and experiencing the military in the long nineteenth century. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 232-254. ISBN 9781526135629


Women, drama and print culture 1890–1929
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Wright, E.H (2019) 'Women, drama and print culture 1890–1929.' In: Binckes, F and Snyder, C, eds. Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the modernist period. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 92-105. ISBN 9781474450645


May Hobbs
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Gee, M (2017) 'May Hobbs.' In: Hunt, S, Kidd, D and Page, R, eds. Protest! Stories of resistance. Comma Press, Manchester, pp. 237-265. ISBN 9781905583737


Deep sustainability: ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality
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Rigby, K (2017) 'Deep sustainability: ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality.' In: Johns-Putra, A, Parham, J and Squire, L, eds. Literature and sustainability: concept, text and culture. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 52-75. ISBN 9780719099670


Aggressive intimacy: mass markets and the 'Blackwood’s Magazine' coterie
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Morrison, R (2016) 'Aggressive intimacy: mass markets and the 'Blackwood’s Magazine' coterie.' In: Bowers, W and H.L, Crummé, eds. Re-evaluating the literary coterie, 1580–1830: from Sidney to Blackwood's. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 181-200. ISBN 9781137545527


Crossroads
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Forna, A (2016) 'Crossroads.' In: Freeman, J, ed. Freeman's: the best new writing on family. Freeman's (2). Grove Press, New York, NY, pp. 31-53. ISBN 9781611855401


'Madness and masculinity': male patients in London asylums and Victorian culture
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Goodman, H (2015) ''Madness and masculinity': male patients in London asylums and Victorian culture.' In: Trowbridge, S and Knowles, T, eds. Insanity and the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 149-166. ISBN 9781848934528


Masculinity, tourism and adventure in English nineteenth-century travel fiction
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Goodman, H (2015) 'Masculinity, tourism and adventure in English nineteenth-century travel fiction.' In: Thurnell-Read, T and Casey, M, eds. Men, masculinities, travel and tourism. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 13-27. ISBN 9781137341457


Stories between storeys: the uses of stairs to gain domestic control
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Kaznowska, H (2020) 'Stories between storeys: the uses of stairs to gain domestic control.' Early Modern Literary Studies, 29. ISSN 1201-2459


True crime narratives
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Peters, F (2020) 'True crime narratives.' Crime Fiction Studies, 1 (1). pp. 23-40. ISSN 2517-7982


Nature trauma: ecology and the returning soldier in First World War English and Scottish fiction, 1918-1932’
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Walton, S (2019) 'Nature trauma: ecology and the returning soldier in First World War English and Scottish fiction, 1918-1932’.' Journal of Medical Humanities. ISSN 1041-3545


“From the slave’s point of view”: towards a phenomenology of witnessing in Frederick Douglass’ 1845 Narrative
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Lewis, J (2019) '“From the slave’s point of view”: towards a phenomenology of witnessing in Frederick Douglass’ 1845 Narrative.' ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 65 (2). pp. 257-291. ISSN 0093-8297


'Careful living': Frederick Douglass's phenomenology of embodied experience
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Lewis, J (2019) ''Careful living': Frederick Douglass's phenomenology of embodied experience.' Textual Practice, 33 (10). pp. 1657-1672. ISSN 0950-236X


Wordsworth among the fascists
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Strachan, J (2019) 'Wordsworth among the fascists.' Essays in Criticism, 69 (1). pp. 37-50. ISSN 0014-0856


Bitter memories: Spenser’s 'A view of the present state of Ireland'
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Ivic, C (2018) 'Bitter memories: Spenser’s 'A view of the present state of Ireland'.' Éire-Ireland, 53 (3 & 4). pp. 9-35. ISSN 0013-2683


"A buried land and a blazing source": Ted Hughes and William Golding
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Presley, N (2018) '"A buried land and a blazing source": Ted Hughes and William Golding.' Ted Hughes Society Journal, 7 (1). pp. 77-88. ISSN 2051-7270


"The grocers honour": or, taking the City seriously in 'The knight of the burning pestle'
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Hill, T (2017) '"The grocers honour": or, taking the City seriously in 'The knight of the burning pestle'.' Early Theatre, 20 (2). pp. 159-178. ISSN 2293-7609


A companion to Blayney
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Gadd, I (2017) 'A companion to Blayney.' The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 111 (3). pp. 379-406. ISSN 0006-128X


Canals, commerce and the construction of nation in Sydney Owenson’s O’Donnel
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Lloyd, N (2017) 'Canals, commerce and the construction of nation in Sydney Owenson’s O’Donnel.' Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, 22. pp. 52-65. ISSN 1748-0116


'Euer Obedient in His Studies': Thomas Middleton and the City, 1620–1622
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Hill, T (2017) ''Euer Obedient in His Studies': Thomas Middleton and the City, 1620–1622.' The London Journal, 42 (2). pp. 137-150. ISSN 0305-8034


English bards and Scotch biography: John Galt’s 'Life of Lord Byron'
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Morrison, R (2016) 'English bards and Scotch biography: John Galt’s 'Life of Lord Byron'.' The Byron Journal, 44 (1). pp. 27-40. ISSN 0301-7257


“Rebellion in the Celestial Empire”: Sino-Irish sympathy in Sydney Owenson’s 'Florence Macarthy'
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Lloyd, N (2016) '“Rebellion in the Celestial Empire”: Sino-Irish sympathy in Sydney Owenson’s 'Florence Macarthy'.' European Romantic Review, 27 (1). pp. 39-54. ISSN 1050-9585


Stitching a life, telling a story: sewing in 'Jane Eyre'
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Brain, T (2014) 'Stitching a life, telling a story: sewing in 'Jane Eyre'.' Women's Writing, 21 (4). pp. 464-487. ISSN 1747-5848


The Book of Hours (2018) [REF2021 collection]
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English, L (2021) The Book of Hours (2018) [REF2021 collection].


Subverting the Sonnet: Poems (2016-2020) [REF2021 collection]
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Liardet, T (2021) Subverting the Sonnet: Poems (2016-2020) [REF2021 collection].


Breathe (2018) [REF2021 collection]
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Pullinger, K (2021) Breathe (2018) [REF2021 collection].


Science at the seaside: pleasure hunts in North Devon (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection]
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Hadjiafxendi, K (2021) Science at the seaside: pleasure hunts in North Devon (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection].


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