Dr Simon Rennie
Telephone: 01392 726469
I have a specific interest in working-class and politically engaged poetry of the mid-nineteenth century. My previous research has culminated in the monograph The Poetry of Ernest Jones: Myth, Song, and the 'Mighty Mind' (Oxford: Legenda Press, 2015) and an article in the Spring 2015 issue of Victorian Poetry entitled 'The Poetic Negotiations of a Gentleman Radical'. I have published two volumes of original poetry, Little Machines (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2009) and Unless Otherwise Stated (KFSP, 2011), and a poem from the former collection was recently featured on BBC Radio Four's 'Poetry Please' programme.
I am currently developing a large-scale project examining function and address in Cotton Famine poetry published between 1861 and 1865, focussing on Lancashire Dialect writers including Samuel Laycock, Edwin Waugh, and Joseph Ramsbottom, but also examining mainstream poetry reacting to the crisis.
I am a keen long distance runner and I have interests in various forms of music, playing guitar and singing and composing choral music.