Nancy Jones


PhD researcher funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC), co-supervised at Bath Spa University and the University of Southampton. I am an active member of the student lead SWW DTP research cluster Theory and Research in Practice  . My contributions to TRIP investigations include participating in the cluster’s inaugural Chain Reaction exhibition, and interactive Research Picnic .

Currently co-organising the Marine Transgressions Conference to be held in Bristol, June 7 – 8, 2018.  CFP closes 31st January 2018.

My research explores the anthropomorphic and anthropocentric tradition in contemporary British nature poetry focusing on the work of Maggie O’Sullivan.

Key areas of investigation are literary, philosophical and cultural concepts of the animal/human divide and notions of urban and ‘natural’ geographies.  Is it possible, or desirable, for poets to break free from anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism when writing the more-than-human world?

Other writing

Women on the Verge of Extraordinary Recognition written for The Old Bag Theatre Company and commissioned as part of the 2015 Women’s Institute centenary celebrations. It’s 1940 and Virginia Woolf’s local branch of the WI has asked her to write a play for the village fete. Desperate for inspiration she summons her Muse but gets more than she bargained for when four women turn up all with extraordinary stories to tell. The play previewed at The Rondo Theatre Bath July 2015 as part of the Dreamtime season and is currently touring southwest England 2015 – 16 including a four night run on 3 – 6th February 2016 back at The Rondo, Bath as part of the Quartette showcase.

Winner of the 2012 Birkbeck Arts Week Travel Writing competition with Sea Cucumber

Poet participant in the Voiceworks programme collaborating with composer Marcus Barcham-Stevens culminating in the performance of Camera Obscura performed at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall School of Music in 2009.

Academic record

MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, University of London. Distinction.

BA (Hons) in English Literature with Creative Writing, UEL. First Class. Awarded the School of Social Sciences, Media and Culture Prize for Academic Excellence.

All photographs and text featured in this blog are the original work of the author: Copyright © 2017 Nancy Jones