Ms Aviva Dautch

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Aviva Dautch completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Poetics, for which she received the university's Reid Scholarship. Her academic thesis was titled 'Harmonious Dischord: Modern Metaphysical Poetry'. It examined the influence the Metaphysical Poets had on T.S. Eliot's modernism and explored the poetry of modern and contemporary religious poets writing in a post-Eliot modernist tradition. The creative writing component of her PhD was a collection of original poems with a modern metaphysical aesthetic, titled 'We Sigh For Houses'.


She is currently Poet in Residence at The Jewish Museum, London. In 2016 she was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for the T.S. Eliot Summer School held at the Institute of English, University of London. She has been shortlisted for The Poetry Society's prize for best poem in Poetry Review by a poet yet to have published a full collection, won the Faber Academy's Faber Fellowship and received a Lily Safra Award for her work in Jewish Women's Studies during a research internship at Brandeis University.


Aviva's poetry has been published in magazines including Agenda, Ambit, European Judaism, The Long Poem Magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation, The North, Poetry Review and The Rialto as well as many anthologies and small press publications. Her reviews and literary essays have been published in magazines and journals including Poetry Review, Agenda, The Long Poem Magazine, An International Bibliography of Jewish Women's Writing, Jewish Renaissance, The Jewish Quarterly and online at and


The British Library: Creative Educator 2007 - present

  • Teaching English Language, Literature and Creative Writing Workshops for Schools, Teachers, FE and HE.
  • Developing and delivering educational programmes in response to temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.
  • Creating web-based educational material for the online projects: Poetry and Performance; Between Two Worlds: Poetry and Translation; The English Literature Timeline; Discovering Shakespeare.


Royal Holloway, University of London: Visiting Lecturer 2014-2015; Guest Lecturer 2015 - present

  • Lecturing on the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry), teaching the course "Reading for Writers" 2014-15
  • Guest Lecturer in Research Skills 2015 - present


 University of Roehampton: Visiting Lecturer 2004 - 2007; Guest Lecturer 2007 - present

  • Lecturing on BA courses including "Representations of Jewishness and the Holocaust in Art, Literature, Film and Drama", "The Genesis of Gender", "Religion and Human Rights" and "Introduction to Biblical Hebrew"
  • Delivering lectures; running seminars and workshops; giving tutorials; supervising special study projects; marking and second-marking exams and essays.


Other teaching (guest lecturing and occasional workshops) has included

  • CLIE, University College London
  • Limmud, Warwick University
  • Limmud, Nottingham University
  • Jewish Studies, University of Cambridge
  • St Mary's University College
  • British Museum
  • Three Faiths Forum
  • London School of Jewish Studies
  • London Jewish Cultural Centre
  • Institute for Contemporary History and Weiner Library
  • Mundy Cruises: Prague, Berlin and Dresden 


Poet in Residence, The Jewish Museum, London

Creative Educator, The British Library

Editorial Board, Modern Poetry in Translation

Member, National Association of Writers in Education

Member, Exiled Writers

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