New poet-in-residence announced for 2019-20

Nellie Cole, Poet-in-Residence at Loughborough University, 2019-20

English students at Loughborough will benefit from working with published poet and mentor Nellie Cole in the next academic year.

In her role as poet-in-residence, Nellie will run guest workshops and open-door sessions that will give students the opportunity to discuss their own work and learn more about working as an author. She will also give a reading of her own work.

A poetry workshop leader and mentor, Nellie’s work has appeared in the anthologies This is Not Your Final Form (The Emma Press, 2017) and The Poetry of the Black Country (Offa’s Press, 2017). Her debut collection, Bella (Offa’s Press, 2018),was described as “a thrilling debut by a young poet with a sense of adventure” (Leadbetter,, 2018).

Dr Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a gifted young poet who is joining us for a year: students who aspire to have their work published will be inspired by her journey and her work so far.”

Loughborough’s poet-in-residence is appointed annually and is funded by proceeds from the University’s Overton Poetry Prize. Poets who have previously held the role include Carol Rowntree Jones and Helen Calcutt.