Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Dr Waterman is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and has been with NTU since 2012. He lectures on the BA (Hons) English / English with Creative Writing, on the MA Creative Writing, and on the MRes English Literary Research, and supervises PhD students working in and on modern and contemporary literature. Since 2013, he has also led the MA in Creative Writing.

Career overview

  • Associate Lecturer (in English), University of Leicester, (2010-12)
  • PhD Modern Literature (University of Leicester)
  • MA English Studies (Durham University)
  • BA English (University of Leicester)

Research areas

Dr Waterman has published extensively on modern and contemporary literature, with a focus primarily on poetry. Much of his recent research has centred on belonging and estrangement in 20th Century British poetry, travel and conflict, and reconsiderations of canonicity. His monograph Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014) is important for its considerations of these poets in conjunction with the societal and cultural mores of their times, and also for being the first book to focus at length on Causley. His most recent critical monograph is Poets of the Second World War (Northcote House/Writers and Their Work, 2016), which reconsiders the cry of the 1940s, ‘Where are the war poets?’. He also edited W. H. Davies, The True Traveller: a Reader (Fyfield Books, 2015), which was Paperback of the week in the Guardian. Dr Waterman also recently edited an anthology of contemporary poetry about Lincolnshire for Five Leaves Publications. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and occasionally for many other publications such as Essays in Criticism and PN Review.

In addition to his work in literary criticism, Dr Waterman is a poet. His debut collection, Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013) was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Prize, among other accolades. His pamphlet Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate is forthcoming from Rack Press in 2017. He co-edits New Walk magazine, an international arts publication, with Nicholas Everett at the University of Leicester.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and Dr Waterman welcomes research proposals from prospective students in any of the following areas:

  • contemporary poetry
  • 20th and 21st-century literature
  • travel literature (especially poetry)
  • war literature (especially poetry)
  • travel and conflict in literature
  • regionalisms in literature

or any of his other research specialisms.

Current doctoral projects supervised:

  • Joanne Dixon, ‘Archaeology of the Moment’: A Creative-Critical
    Exploration of Epiphany in Contemporary Poetry (funded by AHRC/Midlands3Cities bursary)
  • Rebecca Cullen, Mastering Time: Time and Temporality in Contemporary Poetry (funded by AHRC/Midlands3Cities bursary)
  • Alyson Stoneman, Contemporary Poetry, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding (funded by AHRC/Midlands3Cities bursary)

External activity

  • External Examiner, BA English/Creative Writing, University of Northampton (2014-present)
  • External Examiner, MA Creative Writing, Plymouth University (2013-present)
  • Judge for literary awards including the Michael Murphy Award (2013) and the Michael Marks Award (2015).
  • Robby Steel Writer in Residence, Collegiate School, New York (2012)
  • Hawthornden Fellow (2012)
  • Editor, New Walk (2010-present)

In addition to his work as a critic, Dr Waterman's poetry has recently been published in the New Statesman, Guardian, Financial Times, TLS, Poetry Review, PN Review, Dark Horse, Poetry, Hudson Review, and many other publications in the UK and elsewhere.



Chapters and articles:

See all of Rory Waterman's publications...

Press expertise

Dr Waterman has spoken about modern literature, publishing and poetry at various events and in the media (radio, print journalism, etc). He would be especially happy to talk to the press about modern and contemporary poetry, or about his own writing or research.