Dr Simon Rennie

Senior Lecturer


Extension: 6469

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, 2016) 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 Principal Investigator on a large-scale AHRC-funded project collecting and studying Lancashire Cotton Famine poetry published between 1861 and 1865. The project involves several public events and will culminate in a publically accessible database housing hundreds of poems written by ordinary people.

I am a keen long distance runner and I have interests in various forms of music, playing guitar, chinese erhu, and singing and composing choral music.

I welcome interest from students considering postgraduate projects on poetic subjects.