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Michael Brown

MPhil Student in Creative Writing - Michael’s thesis is entitled ‘The Provisional Lyric’.

Research Project Title:

The Provisional Lyric



Prof Jacob Polley and Prof Bill Herbert

Contact Details:



Research Interests:

  • Lyric
  • Indeterminacy/Deconstruction of Text
  • Authorial Process
pier on a lake at sunset

Brief Outline of Research Project:

I aim to research the use of various tropes in contemporary lyric poetry, specifically those found in some of the work of John Glenday.


Primarily, I propose to explore John’s idea in the lyric poem of the small thing that must stand for a larger thing. In so doing I anticipate evaluating ideas of silence and white space and in the words of Don Paterson how the lyric is essentially “a codified pattern of silence”.  My own creative work that I produce in this time whilst being entirely original, will nevertheless, I hope, be informed and shaped by some of the ideas I explore.  For example, a coherent body of lyric poetry which draws on some of the issues of process and editing, synecdoche and white space that are a part of this study.


  • Undersong (Eyewear, 2014)
  • Locations for a Soul (Templar, 2016)
Full Collection

Widely published in UK poetry Journals and magazines.
Shortlisted for Bridport Poetry Prize 2021.


Northern Writers’ Award, New North Poet, 2017


Academic Background:

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Sheffield University
  • MA Creative Writing, Newcastle University