Becky Cullen

Rebecca Cullen

Research Fellow

School of Arts & Humanities


Rebecca Cullen is a Research Fellow in the School of Arts & Humanities.

Rebecca is working in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature on Poetry Pulse, a postdoctoral research project scoping and reporting on the social, cultural and economic benefits of harnessing digital technologies to capture, showcase and curate poetry within a digital strategy for audience engagement.

Career overview

After careers in teaching in Further Education and in Human Resource management, Rebecca completed an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction at NTU in 2013. In 2014 she was in the first cohort of students to be awarded AHRC-Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership funding. Her creative and critical PhD thesis ‘Mastering Time: Time and Temporality in Contemporary Poetry’, looking at notions of poetry and time and informed time by the work of Michael Ondaatje, Sujata Bhatt and Susan Howe and her own poems, was supervised by Dr. Sarah Jackson, NTU (Director of Studies), Dr. Rory Waterman (NTU) and Professor Tim Youngs (NTU), and examined by Professor Sharon Monteith (NTU) and Professor Derryn Rees-Jones (University of Liverpool).

During her PhD, Rebecca was awarded the inaugural Midlands3Cities Cultural Engagement award for her work during her placement as Poet-in-Residence at Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of George Gordon, Lord Byron.

Her poetry is published in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII and in 2017/18 her debut pamphlet ‘Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings’ was winner of the Poetry Business International Poetry Book and Pamphlet competition.

She currently teaches on Foundations of Literary Studies and Literature in Theory undergraduate modules, and is lecturer and module leader for Psychoanalysis and Literature. She has been a guest lecturer on the NTU MA in Creative Writing, and leads Creative Writing workshops in a variety of settings, including the University of the 3rd Age, schools and community groups.

Sponsors and collaborators

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature