Staff profile

Adrian Buckner

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Adrian Buckner in a lecture


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Creative Writing with a specialist interest in poetry.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the BA Creative and Professional Writing programme.

Professional interests

From 2004 until 2013, I was Editor of the poetry journal Poetry Nottingham which, in 2009, was rebranded as ASSENT and secured funding from the University's Humanities department. Other freelance literary activities have included: membership of Editorial Board and Reviews Editor for Staple Magazine; Nottinghamshire Poet Laureate; and publication of poems, poetry reviews and critical essays in London Magazine, Acumen, Critical Survey, Staple, The Swansea Review, Tears in the Fence, Other Poetry, Orbis, Rialto, Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter's House and many other places in the literary press.

Research interests

20th-century poetry, in particular the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Patrick Kavanagh, WH Auden, Paul Durcan, Norman McCaig and Philip Larkin.

My Bed Time Reading collection is a creative reflection on the act of reading canonical works of literature, the impact on the individual reader at the time of their youth, and the change in this impact on re-reading in later life.

Effective teaching of poetry is the prime motivation for my research. I am particularly interested in the exemplary power of great and time-honoured poetry to inspire students of poetry - an approach to be used in tandem with the "writing exercise/prompt" method.

Subsequently, I have written further poetic reflections on literary greats including Leo Tolstoy and George Eliot.

These aspects of my research have their creative expression in my most recent collection of poems, Downshifting, published by Five Leaves Press in April 2107. The book contains many autobiographical poems including aspects of my childhood and working life before entering academia. The six sections reflect tonal as well as thematic groupings and distinctions. The whole will represent my most wide ranging and ambitious work to date.

I am currently writing a sequence of poems entitled Jogger's Year, which focuses on the natural world. This is animated by the sense of aesthetic appreciation of trees.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BA (Hons) English, University College, Swansea

Additional interests and activities

I am an extremely enthusiastic amateur cricketer of long experience and notably limited ability. Other interests include sacred choral music, art history, jogging and appreciating (and attempting to get to know) the trees of the UK.

Recent publications

Poetry Collections: