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Dr Steve Ely is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Director of the Ted Hughes Network.  He is an award-winning poet, novelist, and biographer.  He joined the University in September 2015 after a twenty-year career in secondary education as a teacher, senior leader and Headteacher.  He has also worked as a freelance writer and educational consultant.  Steve is a founding member and former chair of the Ted Hughes Project (South Yorkshire) a community-based organisation which seeks to develop the legacy of Ted Hughes in and around Hughes’s childhood home of Mexborough and which runs the annual Ted Hughes Poetry Festival. He's currently working on a number of creative projects - poetry, short-stories, a novel and an extended essay - all of which circle around the same knot of themes and content: nature, the anthropocene, class, capitalism, resistance and violence.  He's also researching into Ted Hughes's small press and limited edition work.

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Yorkshire Arts & Humanities
Ted Hughes Arts & Humanities
Song Arts & Humanities
Poem Arts & Humanities
Language Arts & Humanities
Reformation Arts & Humanities
Affirmation Arts & Humanities
England Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2014 2019

No repentance

Ely, S., 24 Jan 2019, London Review of Books, 41, 2, p. 26 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

The Damosell is not dead, but sleepeth

Ely, S., 2019, The Manhattan Review, 18, 2, p. 32-33 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Hughes's Yorkshire

Ely, S., 1 Jun 2018, Ted Hughes in Context. Gifford, T. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 145-154 (Literature in Context).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Jubilate Messi

Ely, S., 22 Jun 2018, Bristol: Shearsman Books. 36 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah: The Song of the Willow Tit

Ely, S., 12 May 2018, Mexborough: The Wild West Press. 36 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook