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Dr Lucy Burnett

About Dr Lucy Burnett

Lucy Burnett is a writer of both poetry and hybrid literary forms which interrogate the boundaries of form, genre and discipline.

In her creative practice Lucy is interested in the ‘between’ spaces – between words on a page, experiment and tradition, poetry and prose, and between literature, visual art and performance. She is particularly interested in writing with an innovative, playful aesthetic which pushes at boundaries and expectations. Her practice-led research frequently explores environmental themes including specialisms in ecopoetics, climate change and the broader dynamics of writing and politics; she served for a number of years on the Executive of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Lucy’s first poetry collection, Leaf Graffiti (Carcanet / Northern House), explores the interface between words and things, rural and urban, and nature and the human world through a range of forms, variation and repetition and the use of sequences. Her second book, Through the Weather Glass (Knives, Forks & Spoons Press), offers an alternative to the apocalyptic norm of climate change literature through its hybrid novel form – combining ‘fantastic’ travel writing, poetry and documentary photography – and picaresque style.

Proposals are invited for practice-led or critical research into:

  • poetry (particularly contemporary or in the modernist tradition)
  • hybrid / cross-genre forms and other types of literary innovation including experimental fiction
  • environment and literature / ecopoetics and equivalent politico-literary questions
  • the relationship between writing, performance and visual art practice & theory

Current Teaching

Lucy is Course Leader for the pathway in English with Creative Writing and Module Leader for the first and second year modules in poetry: Intro to Poetry and Poetry – Voice & Audience. She is jointly responsible for the third year Creative Writing Project module. Over coming years Lucy looks forward to developing an MA in Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett alongside her creative writing colleagues.

Previously Lucy has taught creative writing at the Universities of Salford and Strathclyde and various community settings including working as writer in residence for Balloch Community Woodland, a primary school and in partnership with a wildlife charity. She is currently developing a set of workshops exploring the comparative processes of writing poetry and running.

Research Interests

Lucy is currently working on a number of projects. She recently undertook collaborative research into adapting her poetry for physical theatre with internationally renowned Obra Theatre company. She is also currently developing a combined performance, art-installation and digital version of Through the Weather Glass which will tour art galleries and performance spaces in 2016 – inviting the public to participate in and think about climate change in new ways.

A second poetry collection, Tripping Over Clouds, is forthcoming with Carcanet / NH – an exploration of how poetry might convey emotional experience through its negotiation of abstract and concrete worlds. This collection is informed by the work of cultural theorist and quantum physicist Karen Barad and the comparative theories of a range of forms towards ‘abstraction’. Alongside this she is applying her poetics to a photography portfolio with a view to performative exhibition opportunities.

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