School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics



The School of English is a home for poetry in the region and a major national and international centre for the writing, study, publication and performance of poetry.


The poetry cluster includes practising poets and critics, editors and translators who work on poetry from the Icelandic sagas to the present. Our approach is always to encourage the integration of creative and critical practice. We are also home to the Bloodaxe Books archive, one of the most important concentrations of archival material in English language poetry in the world.

Through the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) the School provides a site for enhancing the public understanding of poetry. The NCLA hosts a popular and wide-ranging programme of regular visiting poets from around the world, as well as the annual Newcastle University Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures, which bring leading poets to speak about contemporary poetry and the practice of poetry.

We have strong links with Bloodaxe Books that include the publication of lectures and anthologies. The NCLA adds immeasurably to the School's vibrant research culture, participating in collaborations with the British Council, the Arts Council, The Poetry Society, The Poetry Book Society and The Poetry School, organising major poetry events and competitions, and supporting the publication, broadcast and dissemination of new work in poetry.

Research Resources

Film about the Bloodaxe archive by Kate Sweeney

Through the NCLA events programme and the annual Newcastle University Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures, the School regularly hosts internationally renowned poets for residencies, visiting fellowships, lectures and seminars. These have included Fred D'Aguiar, Seamus Heaney, Jane Hirshfield, August Kleinzhaler, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, George Szirtes, Fiona Sampson, and Anne Stevenson. Many of these events are recorded for the NCLA archive.

Newcastle University is home to important archives that provide inspiration for the understanding, interpretation and creation of poetry for our staff and students. These include the Sid Chaplin archive, the Barry MacSweeney archive, the Bloodaxe Books archive and the Flambard Press archive.