Falmouth University Kym Martindale

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Falmouth University Kym Martindale

Dr Kym Martindale

Job title
Senior Lecturer, English & Writing
01326 370414 Ext: 1414

I joined Falmouth University in 2003, from Bath Spa University, having previously taught there, as well as for the Open University, and at what is now University of Gloucestershire where I also gained my doctorate in 2001. I studied at University of West of England for MA in Literary Studies, and Postgraduate Diploma in HE during the mid-1990s.


Year Qualification Awarding body
University of Gloucestershire
MA Literary Studies
University of West of England
PG Teaching Diploma H/F/AE
University of West of England
PG Dip Library and Information Science
Coleg Llyfrgell, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
BA (Hons) English/History of Art
Oxford Polytechnic

Honours and awards

Year Description

Hawthornden Fellowship


Redbeck Poetry Prize


Teaching Excellence Award, University College Falmouth

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research interests currently concern place, landscape and legacies of Romanticism in contemporary writing, or, more broadly, culture. I have given papers on the poetry of Cornish-based poets, Frances Bellerby and Jack Clemo, and published and given papers on the work of poet Alice Oswald. A further research strand concerns archives as source, resource, and ideological practice. With a Falmouth University colleague, in 2010-11, I was awarded a Learning and Teaching Enhancement Grant to investigate the use of archives in the teaching of creative writing (http://outofthebox.falmouth.ac.uk/); I am currently supervising one practice-based creative writing PhD, which takes specific historical documents, held at the Cornwall Record Office, as their creative and historical source; I am also supervising a PhD on the 19th century Cornish poet John Harris, who was a self-taught poet of the labouring classes. I previously was second supervisor for another creative writing PhD which examined nature writing in ethical terms, and am interested in any doctoral projects that involve place, poetry and landscape, lyric and design, either purely academic or creative writing.

I am also on the supervision team for a PhD which examines the relationship between illustration and texts in mid-20th century cookery books. At present, I am engaged in writing ‘back’ to the poet Edward Thomas, chiefly in connection with his journey by bike, from London to Somerset as recorded in In Pursuit of Spring (1914), in both prose and poetry.  I am further engaged in working with the Charles Causley Trust to raise both popular and critical/scholarly interest in Causley, and recently organised a symposium on his work here at Falmouth. This is a project which the School of Writing & Journalism will continue to support in various ways. However, my interest in legacies of Romanticism in present-day culture means I write on modern fiction as well as poetry, both popular and literary.

Research centre and group affiliations

Articulating Space

Research topics

Writing and Place
Poetry and Faith
Nature and Poetry/Literature
Jack Clemo
Frances Bellerby
Alice Oswald
20th Century Poetry and Literature