Dr Holly Pester

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Holly Pester
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874029

  • Location

    5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 9am-11am



I am poet and scholar working in experimental forms of lyric and performance texts. I have published works of creative and critical writing in the field of contemporary poetics and on forms of practice-based research methodologies.


  • I have a PhD in English from Birkbeck, University of London where I worked with Professor Carol Watts. My thesis (completed in 2014) was titled, 'Making Speech Matter: Recurring Mediations of Sound Poetics in the Contemporary Field'.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Feminist experimental writing (poetry and prose)

Open to supervise

Archive theory and forms of archive research

Open to supervise

Innovative methods of practice-based research

Open to supervise

Writing on and about and with dreams, hallucinations, daydreaming, voice, non-linguistic sounds, nonsense, body, sexuality, posture, radical politics

Open to supervise

Current research

My current research is into lullabies as they relate to the body, voice, the politics of care.

Conferences and presentations

'The Epistimological Tactics of Fan Fiction'

'Hannah Weiner and Clairvoyancy as Experimental Method'


Journal articles (1)

Pester, H., (2017). Archive Fan-Fiction: experimental archive research methodologies and feminist epistemological tactics. Feminist Review. 115 (1), 114-129

Books (1)

Pester, H., (2015). go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip. Bookworks. 978 1 906012 66 3

Book chapters (2)

Pester, H., (2019). Distributed and Entangled Posture in Cathy Wagner’s My New Job and Nervous Device. In: Poetry and Work: Work in Modern and Contemporary Anglophone Poetry. Editors: Luker, E. and Lindsay Walton, J., . Palgrave Macmillan. 978-3-030-26124-5

Pester, H., (2016). The Body and the Page in Poetry Readings as Remembrance of Composition. In: Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. Editors: Groes, S., . Springer. 271- 275. 978-1-349-56642-6

Other (1)

Pester, H., (2016).Common Rest,Test Centre

+44 (0) 1206 874029


5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 9am-11am