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English Literature and Creative Writing, Sociology

Dr Polly Atkin

Dr Polly Atkin

Teaching Associate

County College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594386
Office hours: Friday 12-1pm in County Main B201

Romantic Literature and Romantics Legacies; Poetry and Place; Ecopoietics; Tourism and Heritage Studies; Literary Tourism; Lake District tourism and literature; Regional Culture; Poetry and Embodiment; Contemporary Writing; Creative Writing. 

I'm particularly interested in interdisciplinary work which combines sociological research with literary criticism, and creative work which involves interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Office Hours

Friday 12-1pm in County Main B201

Current Teaching

CREW 205 Poetry: Genre and Practice

CREW 303 Third Year Creative Writing Workshop

CREW 306 Reading/Writing Poetry

CREW 900 Creative Writing MA (Campus)






Career Details

Publishing CV


Poetry Pamphlets

Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) - winner of 2012 Mslexia Pamphlet Prize.                                       

bone song (Clitheroe: Aussteiger, 2008) - shortlisted for 2009 Michael Marks Pamphlet Prize.                    


Artist's books/anthologies

'Jackdaw', 'Magpie' and 'Pheasant' in Bird Book III (London: Sidekick Books, forthcoming).

'Free Night' in The Witching Hour (Thurnham: Beautiful Dragon Press, 2013).

‘Lake Fever' in Lines Underwater (London: 2013).

‘Room' in Not on our Green Belt (North West Poets, 2013)

‘Looser Verses' in Modern Poets on Viking Poets ed. by Debbie Potts (Cambridge: 2013) 

'Solstitial' in Solstice: 24 hours of poetry from the longest day, 2012 (Thurnham: Beautiful Dragon Press,  2012).        

'Seven Nights of Uncreation' in I have Found a Song (London: Enitharmon, 2010).

'tree dreams' in Hand Luggage Only (Cambridge: Open Poetry, 2008).

'ten poems' in Bedford Square 2 (London: John Murray, 2007).


Recent poems in journals/magazines

‘Illustrations of Grasmere Church' in Magma 57 (London, 2013). 

'Love-in-a-Mist' in 1110/5 (Ghent, 2013).

'The Glorious Fellowship of Migraineurs' in Mslexia 56 (Newcastle, 2012).

'The book of retreat' and 'The Three Halls' in Rialto 76 (Norwich, 2012).

'Mute' in Magma 53 (London, 2012).

'This Book' in 1110/3 (Nottingham, 2012).

'Other People Dream of Foxes' in Pilot Pocket Book 9 (Toronto, 2012).

'Hermes Enodios' in Tellus, 2 (Cambridge, 2011).

'Jay', 'Tumble', 'Moon Salutation' and 'Heart' in Flax 018: The Crowd Without(Lancaster, 2009).

'Accident' in Rialto 65 (Norwich, 2008).


Chapters in Academic Editions

'Paradox Inn: Home and Passing Through at Grasmere' in Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Places, ed. by Christoph Bode and Jacqueline Labbé (London, Pickering and Chatto, 2010).

 'Ghosting Grasmere: the musealisation of Dove Cottage' in Literary Tourism and Nineteenth Century Culture, ed. by Nicola Watson (London: Palgrave, 2009).


Academic Monograph

"Inspirational Home': the mythos and making of Dove Cottage, Grasmere' currently under consideration for publication.


Recent Reviews

"Windows for Burns Night', BSECS website, <>


'Guest Review: Atkin on Pollard', Eyewear,



Poetry Awards/Prizes

‘Buzz Pollination' second prize in Keats Shelley Prize (2013).

‘Flood Histories' shortlisted for Wells Literature Festival Prize (2013). 

‘Miracles of Light' highly commended in the William Soutar Prize (2013). 

Shadow Dispatches chosen as winner of the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Prize (2012).

'Signs' shortlisted in the Mslexia Poetry Compeition (2012).

Unpublished collection Basic Nest Architecture shortlisted for Eyewear's Melita Hume Prize (2012).

'Hive' shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize (2011).

'Swimming' awarded third place in the Ashbourne Festival Poetry Competition (2010); 'In a dream a robin' commended.

'Sky, Falling' awarded first prize in the Kent Sussex Poetry Society Competition (2011).

Awarded an Arts Council England grant to complete work on poetry collection (January 2011).

'The Glorious Fellowship of Migraineurs' commended in the Troubadour Poetry Competition (2010).

'the bird who makes you afraid' shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Prize (2010).

Unpublished collection shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award (2010).

'Kindling' commended in the Wigtown Poetry Prize (2010).

'When I lived alone' commended in the McLellan Awards (2009).

Pamphlet bone song shortlisted for the inaugural Michael Marks Pamphlet Award (2009).

'Colony Collapse Disorder' placed first in the Troubadour Poetry Competition (2008).

'Seven Nights of Uncreation' commissioned after an open competition by Arts Council England, as part of the Abolition! project commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, 1807 (2008).

'tree dreams' shortlisted for the National Sonnet Competition (2007).

'The Sangreal' awarded third prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Competition (2004).

'The most dangerous of all' awarded the Sarah James Memorial Poetry Prize, Queen Mary (2002).


Featured Poems on Poetry Websites

Short essay ‘Writ in Water' and Poems ‘After the Flood', ‘Out of the Mud', ‘Bathing' on the Poems Underwater blog, August 2013: <>


Poems ‘Pistachios' and ‘In the Stairwell' featured on And Other Poems, July 2013: <>


Poems ‘Rabbit in Morning' and ‘First Kill' featured in blog edition ‘Poetry in Rabbits', June 2013: <>


 ‘Glorious Fellowship of Migraineurs', Poem of the Week at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, May 2013:



‘Mute', Sunday Poem on ‘Kim Moore, Poet', April 2013:



Events and Appearances

Reading at launch of Holy Detritus exhibition at St. Oswalds, Grasmere, 27th September 2013.

Reading at Greenbelt Festival, 26th August 2013.

Poem ‘Redwoods' included in Beneath the Boughs poetry exhibition, Lowther Castle, July – September 2013.

Reading for delegates at the 2013 Southey Conference, Robert Southey and Romanticism: The Lake School in Context, 29th July 2013.

Featured Poet at Wordsworth Trust/Zeffirelli's Open Mic, 10th July 2013.

Woman's Hour, 10th May 2013, Part of a discussion on the role of Aunts in Literature, with Vrona Groarke. 

Shadow Dispatches Launch, with Judy Brown, at The Wordsworth Trust, April 20th2013.

Solstice: 24 hours of poetry from the longest day 2012 launch, Lancaster Judge's Rooms, March 20th 2013.

Host of reading with Jamie McKendrick, Tom Warner and Èireann Lorsung, Nottingham Festival of Words, 16th February 2013.

Reading with Paul Farley, Jenn Ashworth and George Green at Moonlighting, Lancaster University, 6th December 2012. In support of The Twins Appeal.

'Border Crossing' Reading with Rab Wilson, StAnza 2010. 


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