Dr Abi Curtis
Head of Programme: Creative Writing
Abi was one of the first to gain a PhD in Creative and Critical
Writing from the University of Sussex, and went on to teach there
until 2010 when she joined YSJU. Her latest poetry collection
The Glass Delusion (Salt, 2012) was a winner of the 2013
Somerset Maugham Award.
In 2004 she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of
Authors for poets under 30, and her first collection,
Unexpected Weather, was the winner of Salt Publishing’s
inaugural Crashaw Prize and was shortlisted for the London Festival
Fringe Poetry Award 2010.
Abi’s work often engages with other disciplines, such as visual
art, science and history: a recent project was the result of
collaboration with the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum.
As well as writing poetry, Abi writes fiction and has an interest
in psychoanalysis. Her writing explores such topics as mushrooms in
Freud; the power of the squid in literature; and the relationship
between poetry and ventriloquism. She has also written on the role
of the unconscious in the teaching of creative writing.
The Glass Delusion, Salt Publishing, 2012 -
Unexpected Weather, Salt Publishing,
2009 – link: http://www.saltpublishing.com/books/smp/9781844715657.htm
Humbug, Tall Lighthouse, 2004
Poetry included in a range of journals and
anthologies, including: Best British Poetry 2012, Long Poem
Magazine, Magma, South East Review, Aesthetica, Poetry South,
Resurgence, Succour and The Best American Poetry Blog.
‘Mushrooming: Resistance and Creativity in Sigmund Freud and
Emily Dickinson’ in Angelaki: The Journal of the
Theoretical Humanities Routledge, Vol. 18.2: 2013 -
‘Re-thinking the Unconscious in Creative
Writing Pedagogy’, in New Writing: The International
Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative
Writing, Autumn 2009.
‘Inventions of Telepathy’ review article in
The Oxford Literary Review:
‘Telepathies’, December 2008.
‘An Impossible Apprenticeship’, on teaching
poetry, Poetry News, Summer 2006.
'Squiddity: The Power of the Squid in Writing', 'Reading
Animals', Sheffield, July 2014.
'WordPress Blogging as a Reflective Tool in Creative Writing',
Higher York e-learning conference, York St John University, May
Reading from novel in progress, at 'Narrative and Alternative
Futures', part of York Literature Festival, March 2014.
'Creative Writing at York St John University', conference paper,
as part of international panel, on curriculum design, AWP
conference, Seattle, January 2014.
'Creative Writing/Creative Research' with Dr JT Welsch, NAWE,
York, November 2012.
‘Squiddity: The Power of the Squid in Writing’, ‘First
Fictions’, University of Sussex, January 2012 - link: http://myriadeditions.com/first-fictions-home
‘Poetry and Ventriloquism’, ‘Poetry and the
Voice,’ University of Chichester, June 2010.
‘The Joke as Critical and Creative Act’,
‘Critic as Artist,’ University of Lancaster, June 2009.
‘Mr Coombes and the Drop-Hole’, a fictional
dramatisation of the process of research, ‘The Story of Research’,
University of Sussex, June 2007 and ‘Great Writing’, University of
Bangor, July 2007.
‘Conversations with a Machine: Re-thinking the
relationship between Poetry and Critical Discourse’, ‘In the Line
of Contemporary Poetry’, Oxford, September 2006.
‘Indefinite Exteriors: Narrative Desire and
the Kiss’, ‘Incorporation and Literature’, University of Edinburgh,
‘Freud’s Compositional Space’, ‘Great
Writing’, University of Portsmouth, June 2005.
Abi has read her work at the following
venues and festivals including York, Chiddingly, Stanza, The
Troubadour, The Betsy Trotwood, The Komedia, Slaughtered Lamb,
Poetry Café and Bookroom Boutique. She has also judged
poetry competitions, including Kent SaveAs, Root and Branch, and
The New Writer.