Mrs Claire Cox

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Claire Cox is a funded research student at Royal Holloway who started part-time in September 2106. She is currently researching her poetry-practice PhD thesis Voices from the Epicentre: the Poetry of Disaster.She has a BA in Drama from Loughborough University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University, where she was awarded the Blackwell’s Prize for best student. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Magma, Lighthouse, Envoi and Butcher’s Dog, and also 'War Baby' and 'Eye' online at Poetry School’s website.

In 2017 she co-organised Poetics of Home: Conference on Place and Identity, hosted by the Institute of English Studies in conjunction with the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and RHUL English which explored notions of home, identity and displacement.  

In 2018 she became project poet for Clean Seas Odyssey, supporting their voyage around South/West England and northern France to investigate marine plastics. She created a four-month social media campaign, posting a haiku a day of her own work and haiku sent in by supporters (including school children). As part of the initiative, she sailed on board the replica pilot cutter Amelie Rose for a week around the Solent and Isle of Wight to look into marine plastics in the anthropocene.

Claire is also co-founder and Associate Editor with ignitonpress, a recently-established poetry pamphlet press based at Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.  

Her research interests include poetic inquiry, disaster studies, the literary aesthetics of trauma and the poetics of climate change.

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