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Academic Biography

Dr Bryn Tales joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in May 2021. Bryn holds an MA with Distinction in English Literature with Creative Writing after graduating at The University of Sheffield in 2012. He was awarded the Hossein Farmy Scholarship in 2015, and his subsequent Creative Writing doctoral thesis, 'A Poetic Ethnography of the South Yorkshire Coalfield Following Neoliberalism’ (2019) sought to outline and explore the potential of lyrical strategies as an aesthetic response to the challenges of representing the testimonies of the post-mining community.

Summary of Research Interests

Bryn's research interests include:

  • Ethnography and Auto-Ethnography; the relationship between narrative and identity
  • Poetry, especially the poetics of form (the lyric, the sonnet)
  • Experimental poetry; particularly procedural and generative forms
  • Archival Research in Creative Writing
  • Structuralist, and post-structuralist theory
  • Ethics, Aesthetics, and practice as research

Bryn's poetry has been published by Smith/ Doorstop, Occursus, Epizootics Zine, and the University of Sheffield among others. His article ‘Salvaging the Symbol in Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead’, was published by the Edinburgh University Press’s Comparative Critical Studies in 2017.

External Research Collaborations

Bryn has worked extensively with the University of Brighton’s C21 Research project, culminating in a chapter written with Dr Jessica Moriarty entitled ‘Insecurity During and After the PhD’ in Autoethnographies from the Neoliberal Academy, Moriarty, J. (ed.), published by Routledge in 2020.

He has delivered papers at conferences across the world, including the 14th Triennial International British Comparative Literature Association, University of Wolverhampton (2016), ‘Hostile Spaces in Literature and the Arts: Images and Metaphors’ at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2017, and Louisiana State University’s ‘Rendering the Ritual’ conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2018.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Bryn is a Fellow of Advance HE. His teaching focuses on nurturing supportive and dynamic learning spaces where students gain the confidence to share their ideas and work. As such, he is keen to grow inclusive communities in which writers may feel secure enough to experiment and take the necessary risks in order to fulfil their potential as artists and writers. The empowerment of students through study, workshopping skills and digital tools can thus begin to enact meaningful change, both in students’ own lives, and in wider society. He has almost 15 years of experience of working with students at every level across Yorkshire after becoming a Qualified Teacher in 2008.

Bryn currently teaches on Teesside's Creative Writing BA, and English Studies and Creative Writing BA, including the following modules: Practising Poetry, Creative Writing Lab: Writing and Audience, Creative Writing Lab: Writing for Social Change, Creative Writing Lab: Experimental Writing, Creative Writing Lab: Writing and Wellbeing, and the Creative Writing Project. He is the Module Leader of Creative Writing Lab: Group Facilitation. Bryn also acts as a supervisor on Teesside's MA Creative Writing, and MA Creative Writing by Distance Learning.

PhD and Research Opportunities

PhD and Research Opportunities

Bryn welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in Ethnography and Auto-Ethnography; the relationship between narrative and identity; Poetry, especially the poetics of form (the lyric, the sonnet); Experimental poetry, particularly procedural and generative forms; Archival Research in Creative Writing; Structuralist, and post-structuralist theory;  Ethics, Aesthetics, and practice as research.

Bryn is second supervisor for PhD student, Bryan Nyary.


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