David Devanny

Job title
Lecturer in English, Writing & Publishing
01326 259210

David is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Falmouth University. He is a poet and multimedia artist. His research uses both quantitative and qualitative data to perform a cultural analysis of poetry publication, specifically with regards to digitisation. He has presented research at a number of peer-reviewed conferences including E-Poetry, The British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Symposium and the Electronic Literature Organisation (for more details about research please see section below). David co-runs the specialist poetry publishing house The New Fire Tree Press and teaches in the School of Writing & Journalism.

Creative Work
David's print work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Review, The Warwick Review and The London Magazine. He was awarded the Ictus Prize for the pamphlet Wasps on the Way (Mews Press, 2012). He also has a developing portfolio of digital work; David is a contributor in Ishac Bertran’s Code {Poems} anthology of digital code poetry and was the winner of The New Media Writing Prize 2013 Student Award, and shortlisted for both Main and Student awards. His digital work has been reviewed at the peer-reviewed conference Chercher Le Texte (Paris 2013), in the Montreal magazine Poeme Sale (Spring 2014), and he was recently interviewed about digital literature on BBC Radio Cornwall.

David has also enjoyed taking poetry and text art into a variety of performance and exhibition spaces, presenting and exhibiting multimedia poetry in a number of funded site-specific installations and performances including at the Bradford Magistrates Court (2010), the Prado Media Lab - National Museum of Spain (2013), E-Poetry (2013), the Glasgow School of Art (2014), Fascinate International Digital Arts Festival (2014), the Hatton Gallery (2015), Husk Arts Centre (2015) and the Phoenix Cube Digital Art Gallery (2015). In 2014 he won a substantial commission to create new media site specific responses as part of the research project Affective Digital Historied lead by Leicester University, some of which was published in a GPS multimedia art app by Cuttlefish Media.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Writing
Sheffield Hallam University
BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
Warwick University

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My primary research interests include digital literatures, interactive text, digital education, the UK publishing industry, american literature, 19th and 20th century poetry, digital games, the future of the book, G K Chesterton, higher education policy and in general, writing practices and English Literature. I am currently working towards a PhD which focuses on the literary and cultural theory around digital literatures, modes of dissemination and cultural responses to digital media. I have presented literature and digital cultures research at a number of peer-reviewed conferences and in a number of publications. Here are some examples (for full CV please email me):


Guardians of the Gutenberg Galaxy: a Cultural Analysis of Resistances to Digital Poetries
Electronic Literature Organisation August 2015, Bergen, Norway
Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper

Merc’h An Eog
Theatr Piba April-August 2015, Brittany, France
Funded Research and Digital Media support for an international theatre project (in aid of set design)

Poetry as Notation of Sound – from lead type to the Xerox age
Warwick University 2014, Coventry, UK
Chair and project lead for funded ECR Panel

The Reader as Performer: Decoding Responses to Digital Literatures
Merging Media 2014, Canterbury, UK
Presentation of Peer Reviewed Conference Paper

Collaborative Rock-Carving in the Yorkshire Moors and the Politics of the Layer in Digital Media
Haunted Landscapes Symposium 2014, Falmouth, UK
Presentation of Conference Paper

The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book!
Glasgow School of Art 2014, Glasgow, UK
Directed, curated and lead a funded research project in collaboration with Alan Hooper and Inga Paterson (Glasgow School of Art), involving site specific digital poetry residency for a group of poets and digital media practitioners, publications coming soon.

Modelling the reception of content with responsive VDJ enhanced poetry
E-Poetry 2013, London, UK
Presentation of Peer-reviewed Conference Paper

New Hysterical Reading – New Media Reading and Lacan’s Discourse of the Hysteric
Fascinate Digital Arts 2013, Falmouth, UK
Presentation of Peer-reviewed Conference Paper & publication in conference proceedings 

Resistance, Distinction and Liberation: Movable Type Poetry Publishing in the Digital Age          
3rd Contemporary British and Irish International Poetry Conference 2013, Manchester, UK
Presentation of paper and panel organiser

HE student identity, cultural capital, and electronic resources
Leeds Metropolitan University & Partnership Colleges Teaching and Learning Symposium 2011, Bradford, UK
Funded research project, peer-reviewed conference paper and publication   
Summary of Research Funding Successfully Attained: 

o    PhD – AIR & Drummond Trust Funding [sole author] 
o    “project” – NUICAP  Pasmore Commission [collaborator]
o    CCHN – AHRC CC follow up funding 2014 & 2015  [research assistant – Nick Higgett PI] 
o    WW1 app research – Leicester Mercury [research assistant – Nick Higgett PI] 
o    Heritage Legacies Research – AHRC [research assistant – Nick Higgett PI] 
o    Experimental Poetry ECR Panel – Warwick University [project lead] 
o    The Book is Dead Project – Glasgow School of Art funding [project lead] 
o    EI Digital Literature Madrid – Erasmus Funding [sole author] 
o    HE Student Identity and Electronic Resources [sole author]   

Funding Attained for creative works: 

o    “crows step” – Leicester University [creative dissemination of research] 
o    “pop goes the pineapple” – Fascinate/Arts Council [curator of electronic literature installation]  


A cultural analysis of resistances to digital poetries
Falmouth University PhD Thesis 2016, Falmouth, UK
Doctoral Thesis   

Voice Recognition in Performance Poetry Pedagogy
Provisionally accepted publication for a special issue in the peer reviewed Taylor Francis Journal ‘Research in Drama Education’ 2016
Peer Reviewed Publication         

Connected Communities Heritage Legacies Workshop
Connected Communities engagement report co-authored with Nick Higgett and Jenny Wilkinson (colleagues from the CCHN) 2015/16
Co-authored AHRC commissioned publication   

Research topics

digital literatures
interactive text
digital education
the UK publishing industry
american literature
19th and 20th century poetry
digital games
the future of the book
G K Chesterton
HE Policy

Research outputs

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
Please see above summary for more info


Courses taught

English BA(Hons)
Creative Writing BA(Hons)
English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)
Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)