Staff profile

Matthew Clegg

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Matt Clegg


English; Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education






Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I teach on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing programme.

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for Creative Practice: Writing Processes, Creative Practice: Professional Development, and The Written World.

Professional interests

I am a creative writing teacher and freelance writer, with a background in literature development. From 1999 to 2001 I was a poet in residence for the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. I have worked as a youth development officer for Leeds Central Library, and as a project manager for Signposts Literature Development Project, Sheffield.

From 2003-2006 I was a strategic literature officer for Arts Council England, East Midlands. I have facilitated creative writing workshops in primary and secondary schools, and have taught creative writing for Sheffield Lifelong Learning and the Open College of Arts.

In 2015 I became a committee member of the Ted Hughes Project, Mexborough, and (with Dr. Simon Heywood) I host the Co-Conspirators creative salon in Derby. 

Research interests

I am a narrative and lyric poet and performer.

My creative practice touches on edge-land landscapes, human predicaments (especially the marginalised or disenfranchised), and the relationship between voice, personae, and place.

My influences are catholic, including the classics in translation, Romantic, Modernist and contemporary poetry, New Nature Writing, and Psychogeography.

I have a special interest in the works of Homer, William Wordsworth, Ted Hughes, Philip Levine, Derek Walcott, Peter Reading, Ferdinand Pessoa, and Rebecca Solnit.

I often work in creative collaboration and have experimented with presenting poetry in alternative formats - through performance, podcasts, text installation, and art-objects.

I am especially interested in curated performance involving multiple voices, and sound recording in the landscape.


MA Creative Writing (distinction), Hallam Univeristy, 2013.

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