Yvonne Reddick

Dr. Yvonne Reddick

Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrington Building, HA244

+44 (0) 1772 89 6423

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

Dr. Yvonne Reddick researches literature and the environment – specifically ecocriticism, ecopoetics and postcolonial ecocriticism. Her background is in British environmental writing, and she is beginning a new research project on literature about the Congo and Niger Rivers. She publishes scholarship, poetry and poetry translations.

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Yvonne Reddick read English at Cambridge, where she worked with the environmental aesthetics expert and bestselling author, Dr. Robert Macfarlane. She moved to the University of Warwick to work with Professor Sir Jonathan Bate, a leader in the field of British environmental literary criticism.

She began her career with an Early Career Fellowship at Warwick, where she founded the IAS and EPSRC-funded Environmental Studies Research Network, in collaboration with colleagues from Chemistry and Law.

Yvonne's recent research focuses on British environmental poetry, especially the writings of Ted Hughes. She has published her work in respected peer-reviewed journals such as English, Cambridge Quarterly, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and Modern Language Review. She is working on the first book-length study of Ted Hughes from an environmental perspective.

Yvonne’s latest research project re-interprets the Congo and Niger Rivers as sites of environmental conflict, showing how literature in English and French engages with environmental and postcolonial issues.

Yvonne’s poems have been published in many respected magazines and journals. Her poetry has been selected for display at the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge, and to be viewed by an audience of 3,500,000 at the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations.

Her next poetry pamphlet, Deerhart, will be published in 2016 by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.


PhD, University of Warwick, 2013

MA, University of York, 2009

BA, University of Cambridge, 2005


Literary criticism, archival research, science and culture, impact (exhibitions and public engagement), graduate and undergraduate research supervision


Supervision of MA by Research students Kirsty Fitzpatrick and Jennafer Small

Guest lecturing on Modern and Contemporary Literature and Advanced Creative Writing Workshop


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


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.


The ‘Greening’ of Ted Hughes: Environment, Animals and Ecopoetry

The Rivers Between: Environmental Conflict over the Congo and Niger Rivers in Literature, 1899-2013

Literature and Writing Research Impact Archive – supervising intern Jennafer Small

The Wild and Rural Lives of Poems: externally funded public engagement activity with poet Pascale Petit, Sept-Oct 2015

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