University of Hertfordshire

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  • Webb, Jen (PI)
  • Brophy, Kevin (CoI)
  • Magee, Paul (CoI)
  • Biggs, Michael (CoI)


This project is a case study of the conditions, contexts and practices associated with the production of poetry. Through interviews and workshops, we compare internationally recognised poets with emerging poets, and poets who have not achieved such recognition, to uncover key factors associated with creative excellence. The significance lies in: building knowledge about how poets characterise their work and contexts; developing criteria for identifying the likelihood of excellence in creative practice; and developing techniques to allow its transferablity to fields other than poetry. Outcomes include training of PhD students, development of techniques for teaching and research, and a body of published work on supporting creativity.

This is a collaborative research project including the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Melbourne, led by the University of Canberra. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council with an award of 215,000 AUD (Discovery Project DP130100402).

Layman's description

Creativity is the engine of a healthy and successful society. In order to learn how best to encourage and generate creativity, we need to know more about how successful creative professionals operate. This project focuses on poets as a case study that will inform the development of ways to enhance creativity in other
professional groups.

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