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