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Professor Andy Brown

Research interests

  • Contemporary Poetry          Poetry and Medicine
  • Emergence Theory             Critical Realism
  • Ecology                               OuLiPo
  • Contemporary Fiction

Professor Brown welcomes PhD proposals from writers and researchers with related interests in contemporary poetry, particularly poetry and medicine, and/or poetry and ecology. He also welcomes PhD proposals from novelists, particularly those with an interest in historical fiction and/or medical fiction.

Professor Andy Brown is a well-known poet and poetry commentator. He is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014).

He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015) with Dr Corinna Wagner, and edited and contributed to The Writing Occurs as Song: A Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman 2014).

He published an historical novel, Apples & Prayers (Dean Street, 2015) and is working on a new novel, The Midnight Mechanic, centred around cholera and the sanitary developments in Victorian London.

He has recently collaborated with the poet Marc Woodward on a book project, The Tin Lodes, which explores the natural ecology and industrial ecology of the River Teign catchment in the South West.

His previous poetry publications include The Fool and the Physician (Salt, 2012), based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch; Goose Music (Salt, 2008) with John Burnside; The Storm Berm (Tall Lighthouse, 2008); Fall of the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 (Salt, 2006) and five previous volumes of poetry. 

He has edited two collections of correspondences with contemporary writers, collected in Binary Myths 1&2 (Stride, 2004), and has worked with sculptors, filmmakers, and musicians. He writes regular reviews and articles for a range of literary journals. He is a regular tutor for the Poetry School, London, and is a well-known performer and singer-songwriter around the South West.