Professor Philip Terry

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Philip Terry
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    5NW.4.8, Colchester Campus



Philip Terry's interests include the theory and practice of creative writing, particularly the work of Oulipo, experimental translation, and hybrid forms of writing and poetry. He is the translator of Raymond Queneau's Elementary Morality (Carcanet, 2007) and Georges Perec's I Remember (Godine, 2014), and author of the poetry collections Oulipoems (Ahadada, 2007), Oulipoems 2 (Ahadada, 2009), Shakespeare's Sonnets (Carcanet, 2010), Advanced Immorality (if p then q, 2012) and Dante's Inferno (Carcanet, 2014). His novel tapestry (Reality Street, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize.


  • BA (Hons) English Leeds 1984

  • DPhil Comparative Literature Sussex 1990

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Creative Writing

Experimental translation

Experimental translation takes many forms but generally involves a widening of the definition of translation as traditionally and rigidly conceived. I have recently been a core member of a group of writers and academics brought together in three AHRC funded conferences under the title of Expanded Translation in March 2017 (Southbank), November 2017 (Mulhouse) and April 2018 (Bangor). In February 2018 I gave a lecture on translating Dante in Cork as part of the UCC Dante Public Lecture Series organised by their Itialian Department.


Journal articles (1)

Terry, P., (2009). “From Shakespeare: Shattered Sonnets”, “From Homage to Ray Worth”, “Larkin Paraphrased”, “Tadpoles”, “Frogs”,. NO/ON: Journal of the Short Poem. 1 (7), 24-29

Books (11)

Terry, P., (2019). The Penguin Book of Oulipo. Penguin

Terry, P., (2018). Dictator. Carcanet. 9781784106188

Terry, P., (2016). Quennets. Carcanet. 9781784102715

Terry, P., (2014). Dante's Inferno. Carcanet Press. 978 1 847772 20 6

Perec, G. and Terry, P., (2014). I Remember. David R Godine

Terry, P., (2014). Three Wishes. Patrician Press. 978-0-9927235-7-6

Terry, P., (2013). Tapestry. Reality Street. 9781874400622

Terry, P., (2012). Advanced Immorality. if p then q. 9780957182707

Terry, P., (2011). Dante's Inferno. Oystercatcher Press. 9781905885435

Terry, P., (2011). Shakespeare's Sonnets. Carcanet Press Ltd. 9781847770721

Terry, P., (2009). Oulipoems 2. Ahadada Books. 9780981170459

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