Briony Hughes

Briony Hughes


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Personal profile

Research interests

- Hydropoetics

- Women's poetry in UK and North America

- Ecopoetics and climate resiliance 

- Role of the arts & humanities in climate education

- Small press and artists' books

- Collaborative and community art practice 

- Object poetry

- The intersection of poetry and the visual arts 

- The intersection of poetry and the sciences

Personal profile

Briony (she/her) is a poet, visiting tutor, and Techne AHRC-funded PhD candidate based at Royal Holloway, researching ‘hydropoetics’, Kathleen Fraser, and Charles Olson. She is the 2023/2024 Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey and also teaches on the Creative Writing MA programme at Brunel University and Beyond Form Creative Writing. Her publications include Rhizomes (Broken Sleep Books), Milk (Hem Press), Dorothy (Broken Sleep Books), Microsporidial (Sampson Low), and RHIZOME or TAPROOT (Paper View Books). Her limited-edition artists’ books have been collected by the National Poetry Library, The British Library, Senate House Library, The Bodleian, and the Kings College London Special Collections. She is editor at Osmosis Press and a co-founder of the Crested Tit Collective. Briony is an Associate Member of the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre and a participant in the Techne Embodied Practice Group. She co-edits the HOW(ever) How2 Digital Archive Project at SUNY Buffalo, and the poetry feature in Resurgence and Ecologist magazine.


2023/2024 teaching responsibilities:

EN1105 Literature and Crisis

CW1010 Introduction to Creative Writing 

EN5114 Supplementary Discourses (Poetic Practice Pathway)

EN5116 Reading as a Writer (Poetic Practice Pathway) 

EN1112 Introduction to Poetry


I also teach at University of Surrey in my capacity as Poet in Residence and Brunel University London on the MA in Creative Writing. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Poetry Editor, Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

2023 → …

HOW(ever) How2 Digital Archive Project Editor, SUNY-Buffalo

2023 → …

Poet in Residence, University of Surrey


Editor, Osmosis Press

2020 → …


  • Poetry writing
  • Fine art
  • English literature