Professor John Goodby
Professor Emeritus (Arts & Humanities)
College of Arts and Humanities

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.


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

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