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Acclaimed poet David Harsent appointed as Professor of Creative Writing

Award-winning poet and scriptwriter, David Harsent, has been appointed as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

Posted: 4 July 2013

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David Harsent

David has published ten collections of poetry. The most recent, Night — published in January 2011 — was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best Collection), the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Costa Poetry Prize.

Earlier this year, David received an Honorary degree from Roehampton. He will join Roehampton’s Department of English and Creating Writing in August.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul O'Prey, said, “David is one of the outstanding poets of his generation and we are delighted that he is joining us at Roehampton. His presence in the creative writing team will be an inspiration to our students, and his experience will be invaluable in helping them to develop their own creative practice.”

Dr Laura Peters, Head of Department, English and Creative Writing said: “I am delighted that David will be joining our department. David’s experience and creative flair will be invaluable to both students and staff and he will be part of an outstanding team of experts.”

On his appointment, David said: “I am much looking forward to teaching at Roehampton. I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to help students hone and develop their skills."

David has collaborated with composers – most often with Harrison Birtwistle – on commissions performed at (among other venues) the Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall (Proms), the Bregenz Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Concertgebouw, the Megaron (Athens), the Wales Millennium Centre, the Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Centre and Carnegie Hall.

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