Arthur Allen

Thesis title: Fragments and poetic objects in the art of mourning


Arthur Allen is a British-Canadian poet working towards a PhD in Creative Writing focused on grief and semiotics in Roland Barthes' Mourning Diary.  Arthur's verse-novel, The Nurseryman (Kernpunkt Press, 2019) won the Eyelands Book Awards Poetry Prize 2020, and third prize in the Charter Oak Award for Best Historical. His poetry has previously appeared in many publications including: Ambit, Elbow Room, the Cadaverine, Cake, the Amsterdam Quaterly, the Irish Literary Review, the Bombay Review, the Madison Review, the Mississippi Review, fillingStation, the Tahoma Literary Review, Bombay Gin, and New Scottish Writing.  His debut poetry pamphlet, Here Birds Are (Green Bottle Press, 2017), was high commended in the Fools for Poetry Chapbook Competition 2017, and semi-finalist for the Claudia Emerson Poetry Award. Poems from the pamphlet were finalists in the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize and longlisted for the Canberrera International Poetry Prize. 


  • MSt Creative Writing, University of Oxford 
  • BA English Literature, University of East Anglia

Research summary

  • Roland Barthes
  • Hélène Cixous
  • Denise Riley
  • Susan Howe
  • Julia Kristeva
  • John Berger
  • Mark Fisher
  • Moyra Davey
  • Susan Stewart
  • Adirenne Rich