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Yvonne Reddick

Dr. Yvonne Reddick

Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH202

+44 (0) 1772 89 6423

YReddick@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Languages and Environment

Dr. Yvonne Reddick researches literature and the environment. Her book on Ted Hughes’s environmentalism will be published by Palgrave Macmillan, and her next research project focuses on local and international issues in environmental poetry. She is an award-winning poet and the author of four poetry pamphlets. A member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, she also publishes work on place and environment in postcolonial literature.

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  • PhD, University of Warwick, 2013
  • MA, University of York, 2010
  • BA, University of Cambridge, 2008

Yvonne Reddick began her career with an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick. There, she founded an interdisciplinary, international Environmental Studies Research Network with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Yvonne's recent research focuses on modern British poetry and the environment – from the gritty verse of environmental protest to lyrical poetry of place and landscape. Her monograph Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her work appears in the leading peer-reviewed journals in her field, such as English, Cambridge Quarterly, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and Modern Language Review.

Yvonne is a member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, and her articles on postcolonial ecocriticism appear in journals such as Wasafiri. She received a Guest Research Fellowship at Linnaeus University, Sweden, to pursue this research in September 2016.

For her poetry, Yvonne has won a Northern Writer’s Award and the Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition. Her fourth pamphlet, Translating Mountains, will be published by Seren in 2017. Her work appears in leading magazines such as Stand, Shearsman and English. A selection of her poems has recently been translated into Greek and Swedish.

Yvonne’s latest research project focuses on place and internationalism in contemporary British and Irish poetry. The project analyses work by Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Ted Hughes, and younger writers with an ecopoetic focus.

With artist Diana Zwibach, Yvonne Reddick co-curates the art and poetry exhibition Deerhart, which has toured to galleries in Cambridge, Preston and Edinburgh.

One of her poems has been seen by an audience of 3.5 million at the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations, as part of the Blackpool Poems project.

Awards:

  • Northern Writer’s Award
  • Mslexia Pamphlet Prize
  • Hawthornden Fellowship

Publications

Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet. Monograph. Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

‘ “Throttle College”? Ted Hughes’s Cambridge Poetry.’ Cambridge Quarterly. September 2015.

' “Icthyologue”: Freshwater Biology in the Poetry of Ted Hughes’. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford Journals) 22.2 (Spring 2015) 264-283.

'Henry Williamson and Ted Hughes: politics, nationhood and nature-writing’. English (Oxford Journals) 62.39 (Winter 2013) 253-74. 

More publications

Research

Literary criticism, archival research, poetry publications, impact (exhibitions and public engagement), graduate and undergraduate research supervision.

Teaching

Lectureship in Creative Writing (0.2 FTE): 2016-17.

Memberships

Founder member of UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research Ibar UCLan

Founder of EPSRC and IAS-funded interdepartmental, inter-university Environmental Studies Research Network.

Founder member of The Ted Hughes Society; on the editorial board of journal

Member of Société des anglicistes de l’enseignement supérieur

Conferences

Selected conference presentations and invited talks (since 2013 only):

‘Remembering the Congo Free State in Congolese travel writing’. Congo Free State Network Symposium, Leeds Beckett university, October 2015. Invited.

‘Delta Blues: Conflict, Environment and Literature in the Niger Delta’. New Ecotones conference, Montpellier, 2015. Accepted.

‘ “Sauver les Noirs de la servitude des Blancs”: Congolese Writing on the Threshold of Independence.’ International Slavery Museum and University of Liverpool’s Centre for the Study of International Slavery, February 2015. Invited.

‘ “The Page is Printed”: Animal signs and perceptions in the work of Ted Hughes at the EASLCE conference, May 2014. Accepted.

‘ “Vrai nom”: Les noms et les appellations dans Du Mouvement et de l’immobilité de Douve, traduit par Ted Hughes’ at SAES conference, Dijon, May 2013. Accepted.

Projects

1. Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet

2. Place and Groundlessness in Modern Poetry

3. Translating Mountains: poetry pamphlet and collection project.

4. The Rivers Between: postcolonial ecocriticism project at IBAR

External Affiliations and Roles

Guest Research Fellow at Linnaeus University, Sweden: September 2016

Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge: September – December 2015

Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool: November 2013-August 2016