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Dr. Yvonne Reddick researches the way literature engages with environmental issues. Her book on poet 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, widely published in newspapers and magazines. A member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, she also publishes work on place and environment in postcolonial literature.
Yvonne is research active in the IBAR research group.
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 contemporary poetry and the environment. Her monograph Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet is published by Palgrave Macmillan. In the Times Literary Supplement, the book was described as ‘immensely readable’, showing, ‘through fresh readings of the poems, the significance of environmentalism for much of Hughes’s work’. 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 high-quality journals such as Wasafiri, ISLE and Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. 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, the Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award, a Creative Futures Literary Award (2018) and first prize in Ambit journal’s poetry competition (2019). Her third pamphlet, Translating Mountains (Seren 2017) was selected as a favourite pamphlet of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. Her poetry pamphlet Spikenard (Smith/Doorstop 2019) was selected for publication by former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Spikenard was picked as one of the best pamphlets of early 2019 in the London Review of Books. Reddick’s work appears in newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian Review, Poetry Ireland Review, 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 her own poetry has been translated into Greek, Swedish, French, Chinese, Hungarian, German and Italian. She is an associate editor at the poetry journal Magma.
Reddick’s latest academic book project focuses on how modern and 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, Kei Miller, Karen McCarthy Woolf, and emerging writers who engage with debates around the Anthropocene: a proposed geological epoch shaped by human actions.
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 case study focuses on helping bereaved people to write poetry, expressing their emotions and achieving creative benefits. Stakeholders in the Writing for Wellbeing: Poetry, Grief and Healing project include the NHS Lancashire Recovery College, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Harris Museum, Gallery and Library, Poetry in Aldeburgh festival and Magma poetry journal. Further recipients of writing workshops and workshop materials include the Arvon Foundation, hospices and bereavement charities. This research draws on the elegies for Reddick’s father in her award-winning pamphlet Translating Mountains, and the edited poetry journal Magma issue 75, on the theme of loss. For this issue of Magma, Reddick led an interdisciplinary research collaboration between poets, psychologists and counsellors, resulting in the creation of new commissioned poems for the issue. This research is funded by the Arts Council England.
Reddick currently supervises PhD projects on the comparative analysis of nonfiction, and on climate change arts. She supervises MA by Research projects on environmental poetry. She welcomes enquiries about PhD and MA by Research supervision on topics including: modern and contemporary British and Irish poetry, Creative Writing (especially poetry and life-writing), ecocriticism, elegy, the ‘new nature-writing’ and Anthropocene studies.
Magma Poetry readings
In early 2020 Yvonne organised an event where she launched a unique issue of Magma poetry magazine on the theme of loss. She co-edited this issue with poet Adam Lowe, with contributions from both highly respected poets and UCLan postgraduate students. During the event, which was funded by the Arts Council and SLATE: Black. Arts organisation, there were readings from several of the poets.
Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet.
Crude oil and palm oil: environmental damage, resource conflict and literary strategies in the Niger Delta.
Magma 75: Loss
Awards and distinctions
Northern Writer’s Award (2016).
Mslexia Pamphlet Prize (2017).
Jerwood/Arvon mentee (2017-18). Mentor: Pascale Petit.
Hawthornden Fellowship (2017).
Commendation – National Poetry Competition (2018).
Peggy Poole Award (2018). Mentor: Professor Deryn Rees-Jones.
First prize in Ambit poetry journal’s poetry competition (2019).
2019-20: Arts Council England grant. Magma: The Loss Issue
2017: Harry-Ransom Center Fellowship
2013: EPSRC-funded environmental Studies Research Network
Founder member of UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research Ibar UCLan
Founder of EPSRC and IAS-funded Environmental Studies Research Network
Member of the Association for the Study of literature and the Environment (ASLE UK-I)
Peer reviewer for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Oxford University Press)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Ph.D. English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2013.
M.A. English and Related Literature, University of York, 2010.
B.A. English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2008.
Literary criticism, archival research, poetry publications, impact (Poetry, Grief and Healing project), public engagement (exhibitions, judging schools’ poetry competition), graduate and undergraduate research supervision.
1. Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet
2. Anthropocene Poetry: Environment, Place and Globe
3. Translating Mountains and Burning Season.
4. Poetry, Grief and Healing (impact project)