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Amelia Loulli

Doctoral Student in Creative Writing - Amelia’s thesis is entitled ‘The Breath Score: On Poetry and the Performance of Form’.

Research Project Title:

The Breath Score: On Poetry and the Performance of Form



Dr Tara Bergin and Prof Jacob Polley

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Research Interests:

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Writing Experiences of Trauma, Silence and Shame
  • Representation of Male Violence against Women on the Page and Screen
  • Breath
  • White Punctuation
  • The Poem as Musical Score
a pen on top of an open notebook

Brief Outline of Research Project:

For this PhD I am writing a book-length sequence of original ‘breath-scored’ poems which will exemplify and define ‘The Breath Score’ as a new creative-practice theory of composition and performance.  Central to this is my work with the archival recordings held at Newcastle’s Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), which will allow me to investigate and notate the sound of performed poems in relation to their visual texts.  In my critical research I will be interrogating to what extent contemporary poets use the poem as a kind of musical score, focusing on the work of Andrew McMillan and Alice Oswald.

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Academic Background:


  • MA Writing Poetry, Newcastle University