School of English and Modern Languages

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  • Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

    Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

    Muriel Rukeyser

    The Poetry Centre was launched in 1998, and hosts an annual programme of events, including an international poetry competition, research seminars, readings and workshops, exhibitions, a Weekly Poem initiative, and community projects.

    Our past projects have included Poetry on the Bus, See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers, and Science Writes to Life. The Centre also instigated and co-ordinated the Oxford City Poet and Youth Ambassador for Poetry schemes from 2011–2015, and runs an undergraduate internship programme. We have recently organized conferences and symposia about landscape and poetry, modernist magazines, contemporary British poetry, and the avant-garde.

    Academics in the Department are experts in a wide range of poetry and poets. Our current activities are in the areas of poetry and technology; poetry and the environment; poetry and utopias; poetry and conflict; and the poetics of modernist drama.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Professor Simon Kövesi


    Head of School of English and Modern Languages

    School of English and Modern Languages

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Professor Simon Kövesi

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483587


    Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Building,T408

    I joined the English Department at Brookes in 2001, having previously studied and/or taught at the universities of Glasgow, Dundee, Nottingham Trent and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). My PhD was entitled Sexuality, Agency and Intertextuality in the Later Poetry of John Clare (Nottingham Trent, 1999).

    Across my experience at the universities listed above - and just like my colleagues no doubt - I have taught and lectured on a range of literature from Chaucer to Mills and Boon Romances. I specialise in Romantic-period literary culture, working-class literature from 1800 to the present, contemporary Scottish literature, and the relationship between literature and the natural world. 

    I am a Fellow of the English Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE), an Honorary Lifetime Member of the British Association for Romantic Studies and am Vice Chair and a Trustee of the registered charity the John Clare Society. Across 2021 to 2022 I will be working for the Research Excellence Framework, as an assessor on Sub-panel 27: English Language and Literature.