Dr Simon Rennie

Senior Lecturer


Extension: 5588

Telephone: 01392 725588

CV for Dr Simon Rennie

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 three volumes of original poetry, Little Machines (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2009), Unless Otherwise Stated (KFSP, 2011), and Adverse Camber (2019).

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 has created a publically accessible database housing hundreds of poems written by ordinary people.

I have interests in various forms of music, playing guitar, chinese erhu, and piano.

I am currently supervising PhD projects on subjects including nineteenth-century fiction and ekprhasis, twentieth-century working-class fiction, and Arab-American female spoken word poetry. I welcome interest from students considering postgraduate projects on related subjects or general poetic subjects.