Academic Staff

Dr Adrian May

Staff positionLecturer, Deputy Director, Centre for Creative Writing
Telephone01206 872613

Adrian May's background is as a songwriter, lyricist and performer on the English folk music circuit. In addition to songs, he has published poems, fiction and many articles on music and Creative Writing, as well as working as a composer/lyricist/musician in professional theatre. His current work includes essays exploring positive views of tradition, and a book on writing mythically. PN Review has recently published an essay on the lyrics of Arctic Monkeys. He has an MA in the Practice and Teaching of Creative Writing (Cardiff) and his PhD (Essex) comprised a novel with a critical commentary. He first came to Essex as a mature undergraduate in 1993.

For recent activities, click on publications link below.


BA Essex, MA Cardiff, PhD Essex

Research interests
  •  Creative Writing
  •  Myth
  •  Folklore
  •  Tradition
  •  Songs
  •  Performance poetry
  •  DH Lawrence
  •  Stevie Smith
PublicationsLink to publications for Adrian May

  Adrian May at The Open Road.

Additional information

He welcomes PhD proposals connected to creative writing: especially with mythic, song lyric, local, folkloric, or traditional influences, and/or connected to DH Lawrence, or Stevie Smith

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