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John Goodby is a critic, poet, translator and arts organiser. An expert on modern Irish poetry, he is also a world authority on Dylan Thomas, editor of the new annotated edition of the Collected Poems (2014) and author of The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall (2013). He is the Director of the Dylan Thomas Research Project within CREW, a Fellow of the English Association, and advises the British Council, BBC, AHRC, Literature Wales and other bodies marking the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth in 2014. His research focuses on late/modernist writing; he has pioneered critical recognition of its importance in Irish poetry, and argues that Dylan Thomas is a hybrid figure whose fusing of modernism and mainstream modes problematises the fault-line in post-Waste Land British poetry. From 2009-12 he was a co-organizer of the Hay and Alloa Poetry Jamborees, and in 2011 he founded the Boiled String series of poetry chapbooks, which has published titles by Childe Roland, Rhys Trimble and Ulrike Dräsner among others. Current projects include: a website and translation app based on Dylan Thomas’s poetry, a collection of essays on Irish poetry, a monograph on Welsh modernist and alternative poetry 1930-2010 and the anthology to go with it, and various poetry collections and translations. John welcomes Ph.D. applications on Irish poetry and fiction, English and Anglo-Welsh poetry, and innovative Creative Writing poetry projects.

Publications

  1. Goodby, J., Davies, L. The Edge of Necessary: Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966-2018 (Ed.), Swansea and Llangattock Boiled String Press and Aquifer Press
  2. Goodby, J. '"Lamp-posts and high-volted fruits": Scientific Discourse in the Work of Dylan Thomas' (Ed.), Reading Dylan Thomas, ed. Edward Allen 91 109 Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press
  3. Goodby, J. Ted Hughes’s Apocalyptic Origins (Ed.), Ted Hughes, Nature and Culture 177 194 Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan
  4. Goodby, J. '"The Lyric a Form / Of Shame Management"?' (Ed.), Shame and Modern Writing, eds. Barry Sheils and Julie Walsh 156 164 Padstow Routledge
  5. Goodby, J. The No Breath New Mills, Derbyshire SK22 4BR The Red Ceilings Press

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Teaching

  • EN-207 Revolution of the Word: Modernism

    An introduction to Modernist literature, focussing upon its origins in response to the crisis of modernity, its engagement with colonialism and the First World War, its formal experimentation, its depiction of city-life and its engagement with new ideas of gender and the unconscious.

  • EN-319 Further Poetry Writing

    This module consists of ten two-hour weekly workshops, which will deepen knowledge of the craft of writing poetry, paying close attention to the specific language of the poem, and the relationship between form and content. This will occur against a background theme of the changing role of the poet in society and how it has affected poetic form, as well as an exploration of the position of poetry - whether performed or published - in the past and the present. the focus each week will be on writing and rewriting and weekly workshops will include discussion of published poetry and the students' own work.