Robyn Bolam

Robyn has a D Phil from the University of York and is Emeritus Professor of Literature at St Mary's University. She has published four acclaimed poetry collections with Bloodaxe Books and edited a major anthology of women's poetry. Her libretto was performed by the Royal Opera House Garden Venture.

Describe your approach to teaching:
My approach is to simultaneously challenge and support, enabling students to fulfil their writing potential by encouraging them to push themselves to their imaginative limits to achieve a distinctive voice.

What inspires your own work?
My poems often celebrate struggles for survival - in both human society and the natural world - and how these can be overcome. Life, love, loss, family roots and place, all provide inspiration.

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