Dr Adrian May

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Adrian May
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872613

  • Location

    5NW.4.4, Colchester Campus



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. 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


  • BA Essex

  • MA Cardiff

  • PhD Essex

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Creative Writing

Open to supervise

Performance poetry

Open to supervise

DH Lawrence

Open to supervise

Stevie Smith

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Adrian May atThe Open Road.


+44 (0) 1206 872613


5NW.4.4, Colchester Campus