School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Linda France

Linda France

PhD student in Creative Writing


Supervisors:  Linda Anderson, Tara Bergin, Jacob Polley

Research Project

Women on the Edge of Landscape

The aim of my research is the generation of a new poetic biography of two Victorian women, a landscape designer, Susan Davidson (1794 -1887), and a botanical artist, Margaret Dickinson (c.1820 -1918), with a view to exploring a series of interconnections between gardening, flowers, metaphor and gender.  Juxtaposing historical perspective and contemporary practice, I am investigating the potential of writing ‘in the field’, responding directly to land, flora and season, considering to what extent ‘outside’ might be a fertile liminal space for creativity, identity and agency.  Where do women practitioners position themselves in relation to landscape and gardens?  What does the natural world offer compared to the domestic?  

Research Interests

Contemporary poetry, the spirit of place, creative collaboration, public art, nature memoir.

Research Activities

Teaching on MA Creative Writing and Poetry

Lead tutor for Spring School: Thinking Images, 2017

Essays forthcoming in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing and Yorkshire Year of the Textile publication (both Leeds University)

Commendation for ‘The Screaming Party’, Resurgence Eco-Poetry Prize 2017

Co-organised Borderlands 3, Arts and Ecology Network Conference, Burnlaw, Northumberland, 2017

Panel at Newcastle Poetry Festival, 2017

Paper at English: Shared Futures Conference, Newcastle, 2017

Academic Background

BA (Hons) English/History – University of Leeds


Linda France