Dr Kate Potts

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Personal profile

Kate Potts' pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Her full-length collection is Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe, 2011). Kate's poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including The Best British Poetry (2011,2013), The Forward Book of Poetry (2012), Ploughshares, Poetry Review and Poetry (Chicago). She has been the recipient of two Arts Council England awards and a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her second full-length poetry collection is forthcoming in 2018. 

Kate teaches for the University of Oxford, The Poetry School and Royal Holloway. She is co-organiser of a series of poetry events that explore and celebrate particular places and communities, Somewhere in Particular.


Research interests

The Blown Definitions: Towards a Poetics of the Multi-Vocal Poetic Radio Play

Kate's practice-based PhD thesis traces the development of the multi-vocal poetic radio play as a dialogic, polyphonic reworking of the traditions of the oral epic. This reasearch explores and analyses the construction, through multi-vocal radio poetry, of individual and communal identity - particularly in relation to place, nation, and globalisation. 

"All Things are Words of Some Strange Tongue": Dictionary Definition Form in Contemporary Poetry 

Kate's work on dictionary definition form in contemporary poetry exmines the ways in which poets' appropriation of the dictionary may subvert, challenge, and celebrate the dictionary's authority. 


Kate has a PGCE in post-compulsory education and has taught English Literature and Creative Writing in a wide variety of settings since 2005.

Kate currently teaches for Royal Holloway, The University of Oxford and The Poetry School. She has previously taught for Kingston University, City University, The University of Cambridge, Morley College, and City Lit. 

Educational background

PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London (2010 - 2017)
Thesis: The Blown Definitions: Towards a Poetics of the Multi-Vocal Poetic Radio Play

PGCE (Post-Compulsory): Institute of Education, University of London (2004-2005)

MA Creative and Life Writing: Goldmsiths, University of London (2002-2003)

BA (Hons) Film and Literature: The University of Warwick (1996-1999)

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