National Poetry Day: Miriam Allott Creative Writing Fellow appointed

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The University of Liverpool has appointed Next Generation Poet, Sean Borodale, as the new Miriam Allott Creative Writing Fellow.

As part of his new role Sean will contribute to the development and expansion of creative writing teaching at the University’s Centre for New and International Writing.

His work includes Notes for an Atlas and Walking to Paradise. He was selected for the Granta New Poets series in 2012 and his first collection of poetry, Bee Journal, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. His second collection, Human Work, was published this year. 

Inspire and advise

As well as having a wealth of creative writing output, Sean’s career experience means he can help inspire and advise students on how to access the difficult world of publishing and media.

Of his new appointment Sean said: “It is very exciting to have been offered the fellowship, and I am looking forward to being part of a vibrant and wonderful community of people at the University. 

 “I hope, too, to reach new spaces and directions in my own work as a writer and artist whilst in Liverpool.”

Launch reading

The fellowship is named after Professor Miriam Farris Allott, a graduate of the University in 1940. A renowned 19th century scholar with an international reputation for her work on James, Keats, E.M. Forster, the Brontës and Matthew Arnold, Miriam held the second A. C. Bradley chair and was the first woman professor in the Department of English.

Her bequest of Arnold editions and studies is now located in the School of the Arts Library. At the bequest of Emeritus Professor Miriam Allott, the Centre for New and International Writing is now host to the Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series.

Sean will be reading some of his work at the Miriam Allot Fellow Launch Reading on Tuesday, 3 November at the School of the Arts Library. More information about this event can be found here.

The announcement of Sean’s appointment comes on National Poetry Day. Staff and students who would like to see their own poetry on the University’s Facebook page are encouraged to send their work through to


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