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 I have supervised two practice-based creative writing PhDs, one of which took specific historical documents, held at the Cornwall Record Office, as their creative and historical source; the other was a more philosophical enquiry into the status of non-human entities; 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. In 2017 I will be supervising two more PhDs: one will research the potential of community novel-writing, the other will enquire into the place of travel writing and the heritage industry.

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 about modern fiction as well as poetry, both popular and literary.

Research topics

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

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 


Conference or Workshop Item


Martindale, Kym (2015) Forms of Fear and Dread and Doom. In: Sensational Men, 18-19 April 2015, Falmouth University. (Unpublished)
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Website Content


Martindale, Kym and Blythe, Caroline (2015) Re/Tracings. [Website Content] Item availability may be restricted.




Martindale, Kym and Whittaker, Jason (2014) Charles Causley – Influence and Legacy. [Conference]




Martindale, Kym (2014) Poetry, Geography, Gender: Women Rewriting Contemporary Wales. Alice Entwistle. 2013. University of Wales Press, Cardiff. pp. 272. £24.99, paperback. Contemporary Women's Writing, 9 (2). pp. 302-303. ISSN 1754-148 Item availability may be restricted.



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




Loydell, Rupert and Martindale, Kym (2015) Poems by W.S. Graham. UNSPECIFIED. 




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)


Poetry Reading, National Trust South West Outdoor Festival, Cheddar - readings of own work on Edward Thomas, climbing and cycling; 8-10 September 2017

Research students

Current research students

 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 2018

Jane Moss:  Creative writing as community arts practice, and the role of digital media in facilitating collaboration on a community novel (DOS) starting 2017

Previous student supervision

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. Completed and awarded 2016
Camilla Nelson: Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry, completed and awarded 2012 - practice-based PhD at Falmouth University

Number of research students supervised to completion: 2

Research degrees examined

Two PhD candidates, creative writing at Victoria University, Wellington NZ, and University of Lincoln; two MPhil Creative Writing at University of Glamorgan.
Six RF4 panels as internal reviewer at Falmouth University.

Number of research degree examinations: 4


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