Hannie Phillips

Hannie Phillips


I joined the University of Leeds School of English in October 2018 as a Postgraduate Researcher, and embarked on my PhD project 'The Poetics of Post-Holocaust Memorial'. My research is interested in poetic memorialisation of the Holocaust in Britain and Ireland between 1960 and 2010. I am supervised by Professor John Whale in the School of English and Dr Helen Finch in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. My PhD is funded by the AHRC WRoCAH consortium.

I hold an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex and a BA in English with Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham.

I am a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the School of English, teaching on undergraduate modules. I am also an Education Outreach Fellow for the Arts Engagement Team, and run workshops for school students encouraging wider participation in English studies. I am a PhD Tutor for The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme, and I am also currently undertaking a research placement with Yorkshire Sculpture International.

My recent speaking engagements include:

  • Sculpting History: New Thinking on Monuments and Memorialisation in Visual Culture, Henry Moore Institute, February 2020
    Rethinking Holocaust Memorial Poetry through Critiques of Spatial Monumentalisation”

  • School of English PGR Seminar, University of Leeds, October 2019
    The Hauntings of Jon Silkin”

  • WRoCAH Conference, University of York, October 2019
    The Poetics of Post-Holocaust Memorial: An Interdisciplinary Methodology”

  • British Association for Holocaust Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Sheffield, March 2019
    “Geoffrey Hill’s Sites and Spaces of Post-Holocaust Memorial”

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • late twentieth and early twenty-first century poetry
  • memory studies and mourning and memorialisation in literature
  • war and genocide studies
  • monuments, memorials and commemorative architecture
  • gender studies

My doctoral research is focused on the ways that the Holocaust has been memorialised by English poets between 1960 and 2010. I am interested in poets such as Jon Silkin, Geoffrey Hill, and Tony Harrison who were not first-hand witnesses of the Holocaust, but nonetheless attempt to remember and mourn victims of the Holocaust in their poetry. I am navigating an understanding of memorial poetics through theories of post-Holocaust memory, and memorial acts found in sites and spaces after the Holocaust, such as in memorials, museums, and architecture. This involves investigating the ways in which Holocaust memorial poetry can be understood alongside developments in memorial and monumental traditions since the Holocaust.




  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought (University of Sussex)
  • BA English with Creative Writing (University of Nottingham)