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Dr Adrian May

Associate Fellow
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Dr Adrian May
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872613

  • Location

    5NW.4.4, Colchester Campus

Profile

Biography

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

2012

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Myth and the Creative Process (LT353)

  • Writing Lyrics (LT358)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Writing Magic (LT963)

Previous supervision

Joshua Ross Grocott
Joshua Ross Grocott
Thesis title: Pandatopia: A Novel with a Critical Commentary, Teotwawki
Degree subject: Creative Writing
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/1/2020
Marieke Francisca Sjerps
Marieke Francisca Sjerps
Thesis title: The Leap: Existential Storytelling and the Knight's Perspective
Degree subject: Creative Writing
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 18/11/2019

Contact

adrmay@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872613

Location:

5NW.4.4, Colchester Campus