Miriam Gamble

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing


Originally from Belfast, Miriam Gamble moved to Scotland in 2010 and joined the department as a creative writing lecturer in 2012. Her poetry collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011, Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019; winner of the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize), all published by Bloodaxe.  

Miriam studied at Oxford and at Queen’s University, Belfast, where she taught literature and creative writing while completing a PhD in contemporary British and Irish poetry. Her most recent publication, Little Acts of Vigilance (The Lifeboat, 2024), is a collection of lyric/personal essays. 


BA, English Language and Literature, University of Oxford (2001)

MA, Modern Literary Studies, Queen's University of Belfast (2003)

PhD, Form, Genre and Lyric Subjectivity in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Queen's University of Belfast (2008)

Postgraduate teaching

Creative Writing MSc Core Courses 1 & 2; Creative Writing MSc Dissertation

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Arthur Allen (Creative Writing: Poetry)

Maria Schiza (Creative Writing: Poetry)

Alex Smith (Creative Writing: Poetry)


Past PhD students supervised

Jonathan Bay (Creative Writing: Poetry)

Maria Fusco (Creative Writing: Fiction)

Lauren Pope (Creative Writing: Poetry)

Research summary

Miriam's research interests are in modern and contemporary poetry, and creative non-fiction. She's published essays on Northern Irish poetry in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (OUP, 2012) and Irish Studies Review, and has written on the poetry of Janet Frame, and on Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H. Lawrence, for The Dark Horse magazine. More recently, she's been working on a book of personal/lyric essays.

Miriam supervises doctoral projects in creative writing (poetry); at present, however, she doesn't have the capacity to take on any new students.