School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Livesey House, LH202
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Subject Areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Languages and Environment
Dr. Yvonne Reddick researches the way literature engages with environmental issues. Her book on Ted Hughes’s environmentalism is 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 three poetry pamphlets. A member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, she also publishes work on place and environment in postcolonial literature.
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.
Reddick's recent research focuses on modern 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 is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her articles appear 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.
Reddick 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 2016, and a Harry-Ransom Center Fellowship grant in 2017.
For her poetry, Reddick has received a Northern Writer’s Award (2016), the Mslexia magazine women’s poetry pamphlet prize (2017), a Hawthornden Fellowship (2017), a commendation in the National Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award (2018). Her third pamphlet, Translating Mountains (Seren 2017) was selected as a favourite pamphlet of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. Her work appears in literary magazines such as PN Review, Stand, The North, Mslexia and The Compass. She has translated work by major Swiss poets such as Philippe Jaccottet and Maurice Chappaz into English, and a selection of her own poems has recently been translated into Greek and Swedish. She has reviewed poetry for PN Review and the Times Literary Supplement.
Reddick’s latest book project focuses on how contemporary poets engage with place, scale and global environmental issues in the Anthropocene. The project analyses work by Seamus Heaney, Alice Oswald, Ted Hughes, Pascale Petit, Karen McCarthy Woolf and emerging writers who engage with the Anthropocene.
With artist Diana Zwibach, Reddick co-curates the art and poetry exhibition Deerhart, which has toured to galleries in Cambridge, Preston and Edinburgh.
Reddick’s impact work focuses on helping bereaved people to use expressive writing and poetry to achieve catharsis and creative satisfaction. She has collaborated with a qualified counsellor and the Harris Museum and Gallery in order to achieve this. This research draws on the elegies for her father in her award-winning pamphlet Translating Mountains. Other impact work focuses on widening participation in cultural activities through poetry, including judging a spoken word poetry competition for schoolchildren with Tauheedul Education Trust (2018).
She welcomes enquiries about PhD and MA by Research supervision on topics including: modern and contemporary poetry, Creative Writing (especially poetry and life-writing), ecocriticism, elegy, the ‘new nature-writing’ and Anthropocene studies.
Awards and distinctions:
Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet.
Crude oil and palm oil: environmental damage, resource conflict and literary strategies in the Niger Delta.
‘Icthyologue’: Freshwater biology in the poetry of Ted Hughes.’
1. Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet
2. Poetry, Place and Globe: Writing Environments in the Anthropocene
3. Translating Mountains and Desire Path.
4. Poetry, Grief and Healing (impact project)
Literary criticism, archival research, poetry publications, impact (Poetry, Grief and Healing project), public engagement (exhibitions, judging schools’ poetry competition), graduate and undergraduate research supervision.
Lectureship in Creative Writing (0.2 FTE): 2016-17.
Honours-level: Poetry sessions for Advanced Creative Writing Workshop and Exploring Genre; dissertation supervision
First year: Poetry sessions for Introduction to Creative Writing and Writing Identities
Foundation: Introduction to Creative Writing
Curriculum design for new single-genre Creative Writing modules
Consultancy: Peer reviewer for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Oxford Journals)
Work with Arvon Foundation to facilitate ‘Ted Hughes in Translation’ workshops, 2018
Harry-Ransom Center Fellow, University of Texas, Austin: November-December 2017
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
Founder member of UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research Ibar UCLan
Founder of EPSRC and IAS-funded Environmental Studies Research Network.
Founder member of The Ted Hughes Society
Peer reviewer for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Oxford University Press)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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.