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Lucy Newlyn

MA, DPhil
English Language & Literature


Lucy Newlyn was appointed as a Lecturer at St Edmund Hall in 1984. In 1986, she became the A.C. Cooper Fellow and Tutor in English and a CUF Lecturer in the English Faculty at Oxford University. She gained the title Professor of English Language and Literature in 2005. She is an Advisory Editor of the journal Romanticism, a Fellow of the English Association, and a Patron of the Wordsworth Trust.

Research Interests

Newlyn has supervised D Phil theses on a wide range of topics in English Romanticism.She is an authority on Wordsworth and Coleridge, and has published extensively in the field of English Romantic literature, including three books with Oxford University Press and the Cambridge Companion to Coleridge. Her book Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay prize in 2001: 'a signal contribution to British Romantic studies and literary theory.' Her most recent book, William and Dorothy Wordsworth: All in Each Other (2013) brings together many of her longstanding and recent research interests.

Since 2003, Newlyn has also been working on the prose of Edward Thomas. Her edition of his book Oxford came out in 2005. This was followed by several articles on Thomas, as well as Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry, co-edited with Guy Cuthbertson. She is general co-editor of Edward Thomas, Selected Prose Writings, a six-volume edition for Oxford University Press. Together, she and Cuthbertson have edited England and Wales and they are currently co-editing another volume, Pilgrimages.  . 


As well as an academic, Lucy Newlyn is a published poet and anthologist. Her collection Ginnel was published by Oxford Poets/Carcanet in 2005, and a second collection, Earth's Almanac, was published by Enitharmon Press in 2015. She and Jenny Lewis were awarded a grant from Oxford University’s Institute for the Advancement of University Learning in 2002 to conduct a collaborative research/teaching project, based on workshops at St Edmund Hall. Their findings (together with the students’ writing) were published in Synergies: Creative Writing in Academic Practice (2003; 2004).

Newlyn was poet-in-residence for The Guardian in November 2005: visit her workshop. She ran university workshops on ‘The Craft of Writing’ with Christopher Ricks during his tenure as Professor of Poetry; and continues to run workshops in St Edmund Hall. Following in Bernard O’Donoghue’s footsteps, she has been literary editor of the Oxford Magazine since 2011. She was co-founder, with Stuart Estell, of the Hall Writers' Forum. 

Selected academic publications

"In City Pent"; Echo and Allusion in Wordsworth, Coleridge and Lamb, 1797-1801’, Review of English Studies, N.S. 32 (November, 1981), 408-28 

Coleridge's Imagination: Essays in Memory of Pete Laver, ed. with Richard Gravil and Nicholas Roe (Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion (Oxford University Press, 1986; second edition in paperback 2001)

"Paradise Lost" and the Romantic Reader (Oxford University Press, 1993; second edition in paperback 2001)

"Coleridge and the Anxiety of Reception", Romanticism I / 2 (1995), 206-38 

"'Questionable Shape': The Aesthetics of Indeterminacy" in John Beer (ed), Questioning Romanticism(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995)

"'Reading After': The Anxiety of the Writing Subject" in Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Hartman, special issue of Studies in Romanticism, 35/4 (Winter 1996), 609-28

Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception (Oxford University Press, 2000). Winner of the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay prize, 2001, Second edition in paperback, 2003

"'Reading Aloud': An Ambiguous Accompaniment" in 1800: The New Lyrical Ballads, ed. Nicola Trott and Seamus Perry (Palgrave, 2001)

The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge, ed. Lucy Newlyn (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

‘ “The noble living and the noble dead": Community in The Prelude ', in The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth, ed. Stephen Gill (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Edward Thomas, Oxford, ed. Lucy Newlyn (Signal Books, 2005)

'Hazlitt and Edward Thomas on walking', Essays in Criticism, 2006, Vol 56 no 2, 163-187

'"Having no particular home": Edward Thomas and sauntering’, Dymock Poets and Friends, No. 5, 2006, pp. 19-31

Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry, ed. Guy Cuthbertson and Lucy Newlyn (Enitharmon Press, 2007)

'Dorothy Wordsworth's Experimental Style', Essays in Criticism, 2007, Vol 57 no 4, 325-349

‘Confluence: William and Dorothy Wordsworth in 1798’, Journal for 18th Century Studies, June 2011, Vol 34 no 2, 227-245. 

‘Wordsworth among the Glow-worms’, Essays in Criticism, 2011, 61: 249-274

William and Dorothy Wordsworth: 'All in Each Other' (Oxford University Press, 2013.)

Published Poetry 

Lucy Newlyn’s first collection, Ginnel (Oxford Poets/Carcanet, 2005) concerns her ‘intense local attachment’ to the streets and alleys of Headingley in Leeds, where she grew up. The collection featured in Woman’s Hour on 1 December 2005, and prompted four paintings by June Berry FRWS, shown in the Royal Watercolour Society’s ‘The Poet and the Painter’ exhibition at Bankside Gallery in November 2008. ‘Baking’ was ‘Highly Commended’ by the judges of the Forward Prize and re-printed in The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber and Faber, 2005). Poems from the collection have also appeared in The GuardianThe IndependentThe Yorkshire PostOxford TodayThe English Review, and The Oxford Magazine. A recording of Ginnel, read by Sherry Baines, has been published as a ‘Daisy Book’ CD by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Her second collection, Earth's Almanac (Enitharmon Press, 2015) emerged over a fifteen-year period following the untimely death of the poet's sister. Lucy Newlyn adapts the form of the 'Shepherd's Calendar' to the phases of grief, condensing a long process of reflection and remembering into the passage of a single year. The poems shift through forms and move between places – Oxford, Borrowdale, and finally Cornwall, where the poet finds a second home near the sea. In these intense expressions of love and loss, anger and guilt, there is no smooth path towards consolation.

Further poems by Lucy Newlyn have been published in The Oxford MagazineThe Interpreter’s House,Oxford PoetryKeystonePoetry Cornwall, and the following anthologies: 

Oxford Poets 2001: An Anthology (Oxford/Carcanet, 2001)

Light Unlocked: Christmas Card Poems ed. Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail (Enitharmon Press, 2005)

‘See How I Land’: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers, ed. Carole Angier, Rachel Buxton, Stephanie Kitchen and Simon White, with a Foreword by Shami Chakrabarti (Heaventree Press, 2009)

Music Joined with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser Press, 2010)

Initiate: An Oxford Anthology of New Writing, ed. Clare Morgan and Rita Ricketts, with a Foreword by Jon Stallworthy (Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing, 2010)

Poetry Projects and Anthologies

Synergies: Creative Writing in Academic Practice, The St Edmund Hall Poetry Workshop, edited by Lucy Newlyn and Jenny Lewis, Vol 1: Sea Sonnets (Holywell Press, 2003) 

Synergies: Creative Writing in Academic Practice Vol 2, The St Edmund Hall Poetry Workshop, edited by Lucy Newlyn and Jenny Lewis, Vol 2: Breaking Moulds (Holywell Press, 2004)

Chatter of Choughs: A St Edmund Hall Anthology, ed. Lucy Newlyn (Signal, 2001)

Chatter of Choughs: An Anthology Celebrating the Return of Cornwall's Legendary Bird, ed. Lucy Newlyn, with illustrations by Lucy Wilkinson; Foreword by Jon Stallworthy (Hypatia Trust, Penzance, 2005)