Course Leader, BA(Hons) Creative Writing

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.

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Contact details

Telephone 01326 259210



Year Qualification Awarding body
2012 MA Writing Sheffield Hallam University
2010 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, 19th and 20th century poetry, digital games, the future of the book, VR storytelling, higher education policy and in general, writing practices and English Literature. My PhD and subsequent research primarily centre on 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 wide range of peer-reviewed conferences internationally and in a number of publications, including:

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
FundedResearch 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   

Research Topics

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

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Devanny, David

    (2021), Speaking with Machines & Machines that Speak: Spoken Word & Digital Performance Poetry, In: Spoken Work in the UK, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 399-410, ISBN: 9780367352530
  • Devanny, David

    (2023), THE CURSE OF THE CURSIVE: THE HORROR OF THE HAND IN FOLK HORROR FILM TYPOGRAPHY, In: Folk Horror: New Global Pathways, University of Wales Press, Wales, ISBN: 9781786839794, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Devanny, David

    (2021), Re-Visiting Cottingley Beck: Trash-fairies in the urban gothic, In: Revenant, Falmouth University, Falmouth, UK, pp. 31-41, ISSN: 2397-8791
  • Devanny, David

    (2016), Voice Recognition for Performance Poetry Pedgogy, In: Research in Drama Education, Taylor and Francis, UK, 21 (3), ISSN: 1356-9783, Item availability may be restricted.


Courses taught

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