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Assoc Professor Nerys Williams

Assoc Professor

Nerys Williams

Associate Professor
School of English, Drama and Film
716 8622
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I joined the school in 2003. My field of research is contemporary poetry in English, with a focus on American Poetry and Poetics. The core of my research continues to explore the practice of twentieth and twenty-first century US avant-garde poetries. I have published extensively on experimental late twentieth and twenty-first century American poetic practice in journals and books. I also have a longstanding interest in modern and contemporary Welsh poetry in English.Early research examines the legacy of the poetics of a loose collective 'language writing' on recent poetry and how we might conceptualise a 21st Century lyricism. Recent published articles and chapters examine how contemporary poetry represents the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; the poetry of post devolutionary Wales and its relationship to a culture of militarism and a reading of Broadcast Poetics in Dylan Thomas's radio essays/ features for the BBC. I have become increasingly interested in the dynamic between poetic performance and radio. My next monograph considers the history and reception of American poets and poetry on the BBC's Third Programme. Before becoming a faculty member at UCD, my first full time academic post was a lectureship at Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to completing my PhD I lectured and coordinated seminars at the University of Sussex and Southampton University. I have also worked outside of academia in fields ranging from psychiatric nursing to BBC Wales. I am an established poet, My first volume Sound Archive (2011) won the Strong first volume prize and was nominated for Forward first volume award. My second volume Cabaret was published by New Dublin Press (2017).


  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Ireland1 Feb 2017
  • College Lecturer in American Literature
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2003
  • College Lecturer
    Trinity College Dublin1 Sep 2002 - 1 Sep 2003
  • Seminar Coordinator /Occasional Lecturer
    University of Sussex, American Studies, United Kingdom3 Jan 2000 - 1 Jul 2002
  • Tutor
    University of Southampton, School of English, United Kingdom3 Jan 2000 - 1 May 2002


  • Sound Archivist
    British Broadcasting Corporation (United Kingdom), Cardiff, United Kingdom1 Feb 1995 - 1 Sep 1997


  • BA
    University of Stirling
  • MA
    University of Sheffield
  • DPhil
    University of Sussex


  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Welsh
    Can read, write, speak and understand