Dr Kym Martindale

Job title
Senior Lecturer, English & Writing
01326 370414 Ext: 1414

I joined Falmouth University in 2003, from Bath Spa University, having previously taught there, as well as for the Open University, and at what is now University of Gloucestershire where I also gained my doctorate in 2001. I studied at University of West of England for MA in Literary Studies, and Postgraduate Diploma in HE during the mid-1990s.


YearQualificationAwarding body
University of Gloucestershire
MA Literary Studies
University of West of England
PG Teaching Diploma H/F/AE
University of West of England
PG Dip Library and Information Science
Coleg Llyfrgell, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
BA (Hons) English/History of Art
Oxford Polytechnic

Honours and awards


Hawthornden Fellowship


Redbeck Poetry Prize


Teaching Excellence Award, University College Falmouth

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research interests currently concern place, landscape and legacies of Romanticism in contemporary writing, or, more broadly, culture. I have given papers on the poetry of Cornish-based poets, Frances Bellerby and Jack Clemo, and published and given papers on the work of poet Alice Oswald. A further research strand concerns archives as source, resource, and ideological practice. With a Falmouth University colleague, in 2010-11, I was awarded a Learning and Teaching Enhancement Grant to investigate the use of archives in the teaching of creative writing (http://outofthebox.falmouth.ac.uk/); I am currently supervising one practice-based creative writing PhD, which takes specific historical documents, held at the Cornwall Record Office, as their creative and historical source; I am also supervising a PhD on the 19th century Cornish poet John Harris, who was a self-taught poet of the labouring classes. I previously was second supervisor for another creative writing PhD which examined nature writing in ethical terms, and am interested in any doctoral projects that involve place, poetry and landscape, lyric and design, either purely academic or creative writing.

I am also on the supervision team for a PhD which examines the relationship between illustration and texts in mid-20th century cookery books. At present, I am engaged in writing 'back' to the poet Edward Thomas, chiefly in connection with his journey by bike, from London to Somerset as recorded in In Pursuit of Spring (1914), in both prose and poetry.  I am further engaged in working with the Charles Causley Trust to raise both popular and critical/scholarly interest in Causley, and recently organised a symposium on his work here at Falmouth. This is a project which the School of Writing & Journalism will continue to support in various ways. However, my interest in legacies of Romanticism in present-day culture means I write on modern fiction as well as poetry, both popular and literary.

Research centre and group affiliations

Articulating Space

Research topics

Writing and Place
Poetry and Faith
Nature and Poetry/Literature
Jack Clemo
Frances Bellerby
Alice Oswald
20th Century Poetry and Literature

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Martindale, Kym (2014) In Pursuit of Thomas. New Welsh Review, 104. ISSN 09542116 Item not available from this repository.

Martindale, Kym (2013) Murder in Arcadia: Towards a Pastoral of Responsibility in Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins Murder Mystery Series. FRAME Journal of Literary Studies: Ecocriticism, 26 (2). pp. 23-36. ISSN 0924-7750

Book Chapter

Martindale, Kym (2015) ‘Out of Place in Eternity’: Doing Time in the Poetry of Frances Bellerby 1899-1975. In: Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ISBN 0000000000 (Submitted) Item not available from this repository.

Martindale, Kym (2013) 'Not yet not yet' - Forms of Defiance in Alice Oswald's Poetry. In: Identity and Form in Contemporary Literature. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature . Routledge, London, pp. 158-173. ISBN 978-0-415-82161-2

Martindale, Kym (2010) 'She do the river in different voices': Lyric democracies in Alice Oswald's "Dart". In: Process, Landscape, Text. Spatial Practices . Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 309-328. ISBN 978-90-420-3075-6


Martindale, Kym (2013) Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies: Wales, Anglocentrism and English Literature by Andrew Webb. Poetry Wales, 49 (3). ?-?. ISSN 0032-2202



Conference: Malady and Mortality (Falmouth University)September 2013: ‘Out of Place in Eternity’: Doing Time in the Poetry of Frances Bellerby 1899-1975'


Conference: British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference September 2013 (University of Manchester); 'Mourning Becomes Us – The Shrine Re-Membered in Alice Oswald’s Memorial (2012) and Paul Muldoon’s Maggot (2010)'


Conference: Great Writing: International Creative Writing UK, June 2013, (Imperial College London: 'The Pursuit of Edward Thomas'


Conference: 'Kindling the Scarp: Jack Clemo' (University of Warwick ) May 2013:The Gift of Poetry: Inspiration, Nature and the ‘divine’ in the Poetics of Jack Clemo and Frances Bellerby

Symposium: Charles Causley: Influence and Legacy (Falmouth University) 6 December 2014 (funded by AIR, I organised this event)

Research students

Current research students

Annabel Banks: Poetry and the Archive: History Story Community (DOS): a practice-based creative writing PhD funded by the European Social Fund and supervised by Falmouth University. Its question: Can poetry inspired by material in the Cornwall branch of the Boulton and Watt Company archives contribute to local understanding of Cornish industrial heritage? In 2006 selected Cornish mining areas were validated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An essential part of that history is the trade of The Boulton & Watt Mining Company, formed when Midlands businessman Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) joined with Scotsman James Watt (1736-1819). This partnership influenced the history of Cornish mining and the whole industrial revolution. Correspondence between the two men and Cornish mine manager Thomas Wilson (1748-1820) is held at the Cornish Records Office and is available online. Creative work begins with these letters, seeking moments, words and gestures to illuminate or resonate with narratives of the Cornish post-industrial landscape. These narratives are gathered through interviews with locals, tourists, students, mining enthusiasts and those who know nothing of the Cornish industrial past, and are supported by experience and observation of the Cornish landscape. Poetry written from these sources strives to reflect upon landscape use and promote cultural ownership and understanding. This project’s partners are the King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, near Camborne, and the Bike Barn, near Portreath. It is also supported by the Cornwall Record Office, Truro.
Due to complete October 2014

Duncan Yeates:  Visions from Carn Brea: Romanticism and Industrialisation in the poetry of John Harris (DOS)
This PhD re-examines the work of John Harris as a labouring-class poet of landscape and faith, seeking to re-situate his work in the context of ecocriticism, late Romanticism, and 19th century anxieties regarding environment, religion and class.
Due to complete 2017

Lorna Siviter (Sheppard): A study of illustrated British Cookbooks: The interplay between author and illustrator and the role of women in the home (third supervisor)
This thesis examines the use of illustration in British cookbooks between 1954-1965, by examining the relationship between authors (predominantly female) and illustrators (predominantly male), and the aesthetics of cookery books as they are then implicated in the changing roles of women.
Due to complete 2016

Previous student supervision

Camilla Nelson: Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry, completed and awarded 2012 - practice-based PhD

Number of research students supervised to completion: 1

Research degrees examined

One PhD candidate, creative writing at Victoria University, Wellington NZ; two MPhil Creative Writing at University of Glamorgan.
Four RF4 panels as internal reviewer at Falmouth University.

Number of research degree examinations: 3


Areas of teaching

17th-21st century literature and culture; literary form; creative writing

Courses taught

Literature and Science in Western Culture, Europe in Translation; Dissertation; Aftermaths - literature and culture 1914-68; Millennium: Literature and Culture 1968-present day; Travel Writing: literary histories and practices
Introduction to Literary studes 2; The knowing self: literature and culture 1540-1688

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Falmouth Poetry Group: organising readings jointly with FPG members and Falmouth students, to launch collections by FPG members such as Penelope Shuttle, Caroline Carver and Alyson Hallett. Looking to work with FPG re next Cornwall Poetry Festival scheduled for 2016.

Current PhD supervision is ESF funded and incorporates Cornish business Bike Barn, charity King Edward Mine Museum, and Cornwall Record Office.

The Charles Causley Trust and Literature Works: working with these groups to promote Causley's work, and to introduce students to his legacy - through academic scholarship, series of creative writing workshops at Cyprus Well and programme of internships if current funding bid goes ahead.

Professional engagement