Ms Liz Bahs

Supervised by

  • Jo Shapcott First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/10 → …

  • Jo Shapcott First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/10 → …

Other work

Event Coordination:

  • Needlewriters (2008-present):  A cooperative of East Sussex writers organising a successful series of readings by local poets and writers.
  • poetrypolice (2006-2007):  Community Poetry Café in Sussex
  • Meridian Poets (2004-2006): Network of East and West Sussex writers promoting new voices and projects through writing events, workshops and readings.

Liz's Blog:


Personal profile


Liz Bahs is a Creative Writing PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by Jo Shapcott. 

The creative writing component for her thesis is composed of a number of poetry sequences including 'The Calling', a pamphlet-length work for four voices. The research component, entitled On the Threshold: Polyphonic Voices in Poetry Sequence, examines voice and consciousness within sequences where more than two voices speak.  The sequences, The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay, Room of Leaves by Amanda Dalton, and Circus Fire, 1944 by Gabrielle Calvocoressi are the main focus of the research.


Her poetry has been published in a variety of magazines including, The Rialto, Magma, The North, The Frogmore Papers, Poetry South East Anthology 2010, Iota, Obsessed With Pipework... Her poem, 'Okapi' won third prize in the Magma Judge's competition 2013; other poems have been highly commended for several prizes including the Wasafiri Prize 2013 and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize competition in 2011.




  • Visiting Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London (2012-2014): Introduction to Poetry; Poetry Seminars CW1010
  • Associate Lecturer, The Open University (2005-present): Undergraduate Level 2 & 3 Creative Writing; Mentor for New Tutors since 2008; Exam marking and Moderation
  • Associate Tutor, University of Sussex (2007-2012): Ways Forward in Creative Writing; Advancing Your Creative Writing
  • Associate Tutor, Central Sussex College (2007-2012): Advanced Writing Workshop; Short Story; Advanced Poetry: Form and Free Verse
  • Tutor, Creative Future (2010-2012): Beginning Creative Writing; Museum Tales: Writing and Ekphrasis in Brighton Museum
  • Workshop Leader, Emerson College, PoetryOtherwise 2006: Residential Creative Writing Retreat Workshop Leader; Guest poet and speaker
  • Creative Writing Teacher, Artemis School of Speech and Drama (2003-04): Literature and Creative Writing; Drama and script work

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