Dr Mark Leahy

Job title
Associate Lecturer, School of Writing & Journalism

Mark Leahy is a writer, artist, teacher, and project manager operating among textual practices, performance, and page-based arts. Recent performance and live work includes Muster Page Habit 2 (The Cube, Bristol, and Plymouth Athenaeum, May 2013), Muster Page Habit (PW12, Bristol, May 2012), Hand in Glove at Tempting Failure (London, March 2012), Voice Recognition: A Play (Bluecoat, Liverpool, October 2011) and at BLOP12 (Arnolfini, Bristol, February 2012); and a reading at POLYply15: Colour (London, January 2012).

He has written texts to accompany work by other artists, including Teresa Grimaldi's The Vacated Works (Isle of Wight, 2009), Katy Connor's Pure Flow (Exeter, 2009), Aftermath for Deirdre Power's project Brokenland (Limerick, Summer 2011), a text as part of Steven Paige's The Ties That Bind… (Exeter, January 2012), With Particular Attention: Martha Winter's material occurrences commissioned by Market Project (Apr 2012) and a contribution to Low Profile's book Here’s to Another 10 (April 2013). Recent critical publications include essays in Open Letter, Performance Research Journal and The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; a chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007); an essay on John James and the visual arts in The Salt Companion to John James (2010), and a chapter on poetry and affect in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (Susan Schreibman ed, Bloomsbury, June 2013). Swatches, a poetry sequence was published by Acts of Language (December 2009), and texts have appeared in UK and US journals, and online including Guaranteed Insurance for Mocksim's Yearly Print series. After Durer after Mantegna, an emblem combining text and image, was installed in the Window Work series at DXDX Studios, Plymouth (August 2011). Curated projects include Public Pages for the conference Poetry and Public Language (University of Plymouth, 2007).

Mark was director of writing at Dartington College of Arts (2005-07), and was MA programme leader at Dartington Campus, University College Falmouth (2007-10). He teaches part time and supervises PhD students at Falmouth University, and works freelance as a writer and an arts project manager.


YearQualificationAwarding body
University College Falmouth
University of Leeds
University College Dublin
University College Dublin

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research interests include relations between poetry, performance and visual arts; issues around genre in visual and textual production and consumption; theoretical investigations of reading; digital and electronic literature; L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and other contemporary poetries in English; practices in writing and performance; voice in theory and performance; and critical and theoretical writing on, and curation of, exhibitions and events around visual verbal relations. I am interested in supervising research relating to these areas.

Research topics

Creative Writing
Contemporary Poetry
Digital Performance and Literature
Textual Practices
Performance Practices

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Leahy, Mark (2012) Hand in Glove - sinister hand vested sable lozengy couped. Open Letter: Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics, 14 (8). pp. 74-82. ISSN 0048-1939 Item not available from this repository.

Leahy, Mark (2009) Glossing Speakers, or bookmaking for amateurs. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2 (1). pp. 55-67. ISSN 1753-5190

Leahy, Mark (2005) Plantation and Thicket: a (double) sight reading of Sir Thomas Browne's 'Garden of Cyrus'. Performance Research, 10 (2). pp. 111-122. ISSN 1352-8165

Book Chapter

Leahy, Mark (2013) "It is the act and not the object of perception that matters": MacGreevy's poetry in relation to perception in literary and visual arts. In: The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Appraisal. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 33-47. ISBN 9781441140920 Item not available from this repository.

Leahy, Mark (2010) "I might have been a painter": John James and the Relation between Visual and Verbal Arts. In: The Salt Companion to John James. Salt Books, Cambridge, pp. 195-223. ISBN 9781876857967 Item not available from this repository.

Leahy, Mark (2007) Private Public Reading: Readers in Digital Literature Installation. In: A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 301-317. ISBN 1405148640


Leahy, Mark (2014) answering machine. [Performance]

Leahy, Mark (2013) Muster Page Habit 2. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.

Leahy, Mark (2012) Muster Page Habit: Flat-head self-tapping. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.

Leahy, Mark (2011) Voice Recognition: A Play after Gertrude Stein, William Shakespeare and Rolf Harris. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.


Osmond, Matthew and Povall, Richard and Leahy, Mark and Nelson, Camilla (2016) Language, Landscape and the Sublime. [Conference]

Research students

Current research students

Annabel Banks. PhD. (Second Supervisor) (UAL regs. Falmouth, ESF funded project with Cornwall Record Office)
Poetry and the Boulton and Watt Archive: History, Story, Community
keywords: poetry, landscape, history, archive

Previous student supervision

Mark Greenwood. PhD. (Third Supervisor) (Kingston University; submitted November 2012)
The Body Considered as a Site of Writing, Resistant to the Advance of Cultural Commodification.
keywords: performance writing, live art, performance

Camilla Nelson. PhD. (Director of Studies) (University College Falmouth/UAL; submitted 2012)
Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry
keywords: performance writing, poetry, nature writing, ecopoetics

David Sullivan. MPhil. (Second Supervisor) (University College Falmouth/University of Plymouth; submitted 2011)
The Visible Invisible Object: A Photographic Enquiry 'Recording' a Lived Life
keywords: photography, phenomenology, autobiography

Larry Lynch. PhD. (Second Supervisor) (Dartington College of Arts/University of Plymouth; submitted 2009)
The Difficult Impossible: Writing, Performance and the Subject
keywords: performance writing, practice-led PhD, poetry, subjectivity

Additional Supervisor on PhD projects at Dartington College of Arts:
David Evans. PhD. (Dartington College of Arts/University of Plymouth; submitted 2007)
Reading Neuroscience: Ventriloquism as a Metaphor for Multiple Readings of Self 

Anya Lewin. PhD. (Dartington College of Arts/University of Plymouth submitted 2006)
Performing a Practice: Narrative - Translation - Live installation - Urban intervention

Number of research students supervised to completion: 4

Research degrees examined

2014 - External Examiner on PhD (De Montfort University)

2012 - External Examiner on PhD by Publication (Roehampton University)

2008 - Internal Examiner on MPhil/PhD (University of Plymouth)

Number of research degree examinations: 3


Areas of teaching

Creative Writing
Performance Writing
Critical Theories
Textual Practices
Art Theories and Practice

Courses taught

CW170 Critical Practices
CW325 Poetry for Publication & Performance
ECW300 Dissertation and Creative Writing Portfolio
ENG340 Dissertation
PER320 Dissertation

Professional engagement