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Professor David Morley

Email: David dot Morley at warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3656

G05 Warwick Writing Programme Suite

Millburn House

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7HS


David Morley is an award-winning poet and critic who has published over twenty books including twelve collections of poetry. The Invisible Gift won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2016. He was awarded a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors for his body of work and contribution to poetry. David was the first academic at Warwick University to win a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious award for teaching in higher education. He holds the Alliance Professorship in Writing at Monash University, Melbourne, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Research interests


Teaching and supervision

David teaches the undergraduate module 'The Practice of Poetry', The Personal Writing Project (poetry); the postgraduate module on writing poems, and supervises PhD students on the writing and study of poetry.

Key publications

  • Scientific Papers (Carcanet 2002)
  • The Invisible Kings (Carcanet 2008)
  • Enchantment (Carcanet 2010)
  • The Gypsy and the Poet (Carcanet 2013)
  • The Invisble Gift: Selected Poems (Carcanet 2015)
  • The Death of Wisdom Smith, Prince of Gypsies (The Melos Press 2016)
  • The Magic of What's There (Carcanet 2017)
  • Swimming Chenango Lake: Charles Tomlinson's Selected Poems, editor (Carcanet 2018)
  • The Caravans of Tarshish (Carcanet, 2019)
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing (CUP, 2008)
  • Co-ed, The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (CUP, 2012)

Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Fellow of the English Association
  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy


  • BSc (Bristol)
  • D.Litt (Warwick)


Professor Morley is on Research Leave 2018-19.


Undergraduate modules

EN238 The Practice of Poetry

EN329 Personal Writing Project

Postgraduate modules

EN908 Writing Poems

The Warwick PhD in Literary Practice


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