Professor Nigel McLoughlin

BA (Lond.), MA (Nott.), MSc (Bris.), MA, PhD (Lancs.), APDE, FHEA, FRSA, NTF

Professor of Creativity & Poetics


Tel: +44 (0)1242 714694


Nigel McLoughlin’s poetry has twice been short-listed for the prestigious Hennessy Award, and placed in the equally competitive Kavanagh Awards and The New Writer Poetry Prizes.  His poetry collections are: At The Waters’ Clearing (Flambard/Black Mountain, 2001), Songs For No Voices (Lagan, 2004), Blood (Bluechrome, 2005), Dissonances (Bluechrome 2007) and Chora: New & Selected Poems (Templar, 2009).  In 2012, he was invited to record his poems for the Poetry Archive.

His poetry and translations from the Irish and German languages have been published in many journals and anthologies in Ireland, Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Nepal and Malaysia. His work has been translated into Dutch and Malay and has also featured as ‘Poem of the Week’ in both The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday and has appeared in The Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, The London Magazine, and Poetry Review, among many other well-known literary journals.

He has been a guest poetry editor for issues of The New Writer and Fortnight and since 2008 he has been Editor of Iota poetry journal. He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Irish poets, Breaking The Skin (Black Mountain, 2002). In 2012 he co-edited a special edition of TEXT on ‘Creativity: Cognitive, Social and Cultural Perspectives’ and in 2013, he edited a special edition of American British and Canadian Studies entitled ‘Creative Writing: New Signals, New Territories’. He has written journal articles and book chapters on poetics, the pedagogy of creative writing, creativity and the creative process.

He holds an MA with distinction and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. His undergraduate degree was in English from the University of London. In addition he has completed a University Diploma with commendation in Irish Language from the University of Ulster, an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Gloucestershire, an MA with distinction in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, and an MSc with distinction in Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol. He is a member of several editorial boards for academic journals and is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the RSA.

He teaches modules on poetry, creativity, psycholinguistics, cognitive poetics, and creative writing pedagogy. He also has research interests in cognitive poetics and cognitive linguistics. In 2009 he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship and this was followed in 2011 when he was a recipient of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. He is an experienced supervisor and examiner of research degrees at both masters’ and doctoral levels. He would welcome expressions of interest from postgraduate research students who wish to undertake research in poetry, poetics, or the creative process.


Selected Recent Academic Publications:

  • McLoughlin, N. (2014). ‘The Marvellous As We Know It: A Text World Analysis of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Squarings: Lightenings VIII’’, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 228-239, Colchester: Taylor & Francis.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2013). ‘Negative Polarity in Eavan Boland’s ‘The Famine Road’’, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 219-227, Colchester: Taylor & Francis.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2013). ‘Writing Poetry’ in G. Harper (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Creative Writing, pp. 40-55. London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2013). ‘Modelling Creativity: How might it help us understand what we do?’ Axon: Creative Explorations, Issue 4, Canberra: University of
  • McLoughlin, N. (2012). ‘Making Poems’ in H. Ivory and G. Szirtes (eds.), Salt Guides for Readers and Writers: In Their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry, pp. 102-106. London: Salt
  • McLoughlin N. (2012). ‘The workshop as a creative, critical, and intellectual space’ in P. Perry (ed.)Beyond the Workshop, pp. 17-30. London: Kingston University Press
  • McLoughlin, N. (2012). ‘Building a better elephant machine: A case-study in creative writing programme design’ in D. Donnelly & G. Harper (eds.)Key Issues in Creative Writing, pp. 159-168. Clevedon: MLM.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2010). ‘Stress Weight: Unwilled Order, Clothes Lines and Crowned Teeth’,New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol. 7, No.3, pp. 226-234. Colchester: Taylor & Francis.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2009). ‘Cellular Teaching: The creation of a flexible curriculum design and mode of delivery in response to the effects of higher education policy on the way we teach creative writing’,New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 124-132. Colchester: Taylor & Francis.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2009). ‘Theorising the Teaching of Creative Writing’, Word Play: The Magazine of the English Subject Centre, Issue 2, pp. 40-43. Egham: English Subject Centre.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2008). ‘Room To Rhyme: Intellectual Space in Creative Writing’, Writing in Education, Issue 44, pp. 59-62. York: National Association of Writers in Education.
  • McLoughlin, N. (2008). ‘Creating an integrated model for teaching creative writing – one approach’ in G. Harper, & J. Kroll, (eds.) Creative Writing Studies: Practice, Research, Pedagogy, pp. 88-100. Clevedon: MLM
  • McLoughlin, N. (2006). Decentring Everything’, Writing in Education, Issue 39, pp. 37-41. York: National Association of Writers in Education.

Completed Research Degree Supervisions:

  • Rowan Middleton, Mythology in Ecopoetry: A Poetic and Critical Investigation, PhD, University of Gloucestershire, awarded September 2013.
  • Niall McGrath, Clay: A Poetic Exploration of the Transcendental and an Analysis of the Otherworldly in Contemporary Ulster Poetry, PhD, University of Gloucestershire, awarded September 2013.
  • Kayleigh Moore, Closer to Home: A Creative and Critical Autoethnographical Analysis of the Motivations and Creative Process behind Writing Violence, PhD, University of Gloucestershire, awarded July 2013.
  • Michael Johnstone, Liberty or Death: A Practical and Theoretical Exploration of Alternatives to Free Will and Determinism in Contemporary Historical Fiction, PhD, University of Gloucestershire, awarded July 2012.
  • Sian Hall, Thames: A Poetic Exploration. MA by Research, University of Gloucestershire, awarded Feb 2010.