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Paul Hardwick has a Doctor of Philosophy in English medieval vernacular anticlericalism from the University of York, and has published widely on medieval literature and art. As well as publishing his own work, he is a frequent reviewer in academic journals. In addition to academic publication, Prof Hardwick has written extensively in other media, having published five well-received collections of poetry (as Oz Hardwick), numerous other poems and short stories, and contributing regularly to national music magazines. A member of the English staff since 2000, he is Programme Leader for the English and Writing BA and the Creative Writing MA, as well as a passionate supporter and promoter of the writing culture at Leeds Trinity and beyond.

Paul is engaged with the organisation of many literature-related events, including: Aesthetica Creative Arts Poetry Competition, Leeds Peace Poetry Competition, Harrogate Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition, York Writers Poetry Competition, York Literature Festival, Leeds Trinity Writers' Festival and National Poetry Day events. He has given a number of talks on medievalism and poetry in the UK, Europe and US. He has also contributed to several anthologies of prose and poetry, including Multifaith Multilingual: Poems for Peace and Togetherness (2008), The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse (2010), Soul Feathers (2011), Heart Shoots (2012), Hildegard(2014) and Limerick Nation (2014). He has read at Sheffield Off the Shelf festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, York Literature Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Poetry on the Lake (Italy), Edinburgh Festival and many smaller venues in the UK, Europe and USA. Subterranean Homesick Yorkshire Blues, a book edited by Prof Hardwick to accompany a collaborative show with four other writers and musicians, came fourth in the Purple Patch Independent Press Anthologies listings for 2009. A number of Prof Hardwick's photographs have been included in arts journals and magazines - as well as other media - in the UK, Europe and US.

Research interests

The main focus of my research is upon English misericords in their devotional contexts. My monograph, English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning, was published by Boydell in 2011, with a paperback edition following in 2013. My edited collection, The Playful Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Elaine C. Block, in which I have an authored chapter,  ‘Talking Dirty: Vernacular Language and the Lower Body,’ was published by Brepols in July 2011.

A secondary interest is in 19th-21st century medievalism(s). I have been invited to submit a chapter to a forhcoming collection, edited by Michael Torregrossa, entitled Televisual Middle Ages.

Finally, I am interested in the appropriation of myth, and  co-edited a volume with my Leeds Trinity colleague Amina Alyal, entitledClassical and Contemporary Mythic Identities: Construction of the Poetic Imagination (2010), in which I have a chapter entitled ‘Shouting the Darkness: Tregeagle and the Cornwall of the Mind’. I also co-edited a second volume with David Kennedy of the University of Hull, entitled The Survival of Myth: Innovation, Singularity and Alterity (2010).

Teaching and Administration

ENG4742: Writing Practices I (Co-ordinator / Tutor)

ENG5522: Literary Period the Middle Ages (Co-ordinator / Tutor) 

ENG6552: The Continuing Middle Ages (Co-ordinator / Tutor)

ENG6742: Writing Practices III (Co-ordinator / Tutor)

ENG6714: Dissertation (Supervisor)

ENG6802 Writing Project (Co-ordinator / Tutor)

PhD: Supervision of one student


English Level 4 Co-ordinator (2001-Present); English/Humanities Publicity Co-ordinator (2002-Present); Student Writing Co-ordinator (2004-Present); Programme Leader for English and Writing (Summer 2008-Present)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jun 1997

Master of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Bachelor of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992


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