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Professor David Kinloch

Creative Writing

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde as a Lecturer in French Studies in 1990 and am currently Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing in the School of Humanities. I head up the creative writing unit within the school and teach on the popular BA in Journalism and Creative Writing and the M.Res in Creative Writing. I am mainly a poet to trade and have published five collections to date, the last three with Carcanet Press. I've also published widely in the fields of French literature, Translation Studies and Scottish Literature. Currently I have a particular interest in ekphrastic poetry (poetry that responds to the visual arts) and organised an international conference on the subject in 2013 along with various outreach projects.

Professional activities

Annual Steven Campbell Lecture
Invited speaker
Poetry Quartet
International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture
Invited speaker
Rethinking Cultural Memory 1700-1850
Photopoetry: A Critical History of Collaborations between Poets and Photographers in the Anglophone World , 1845-2015). Thesis by Michael Nott.
External Examiner

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AHRC Capacity Building Scheme | Lamont, Craig Ronald
Kinloch, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 23-Oct-2012
AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Reid, Melissa
Colin, Mary (Principal Investigator) Kinloch, David (Co-investigator) Reid, Melissa (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2016
The Scottish Writers' Centre
Kinloch, David (Principal Investigator)
New writers' centre founded by David Kinloch (and others) and chaired by him 2008-2010. The project is ongoing.
Period 01-Mar-2008
Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition
Kinloch, David (Principal Investigator)
Annual poetry competition founded by David Kinloch, sponsored by the University of Strathclyde at £10K per annum.
Period 17-Aug-2008
Hide and Seek: poems after portraits
Kinloch, David (Principal Investigator)
A collection of ekphrastic poems in response to a significant exhibition of portraits held at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. in 2011
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 30-Jun-2013
Glasgow/Bern Writers Exchange
Kinloch, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 17-Jul-2007 - 31-Jul-2008

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