School of Media and Performing Arts


Dr Steven O'Brien

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (Creative Writing); Course Leader, MA Creative Writing; Level 5 Tutor (Creative Writing)
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5507
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  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am a writer, primarily in poetry and poetics. I have given many readings featuring my first collection of poems Dark Hill Dreams and I intend to continue with my new collection Scrying Stone.  Public readings are crucial in the process of writing as living work. 

It is an imperative of Creative Writing that it emerges (from its roots in English Literature) with a distinct conceptual style and flavour, in which literary writing can encompass both the creatively critical and the critically creative.


My research interests centre on the establishment of a coherent direction for Creative Writing pedagogy, in which the critical and creative registers of writing will be synthesised.

I hope to publish three volumes of post war London Magazine poetry over the next three years. I am in negotiations with a number of publishers with this aim.


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