Dr Emma Trott

Dr Emma Trott


My PhD thesis (undertaken at Leeds) explored the relationship between creativity and the environment in the poetry of Jon Silkin and Simon Armitage in the context of a world in crisis. My first post-doc role was as Research Fellow in Contemporary Poetics, in the School of English at Leeds, working with Professor Fiona Becket.

Research interests

My new project, supported by a one-year Wellcome Trust fellowship (August 2019-August 2020), focusses on the heart in contemporary literature, film and culture. Taking as its starting point commonly-used heart metaphors, I am exploring the connections between emotional and physical health and suffering. This project includes an ongoing collaboration with Hoodwink Theatre.

I recently co-curated the exhibition, Poetry By Design: a re-appraisal of visual and concrete poetics, with Professor Fiona Becket, in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery (June-August 2019).

I am involved with the Leeds Poetry Centre, and am a member of the School of English Environmental Humanities Research Group and Medical Humanities Research Group. 

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  • PhD in the School of English, University of Leeds
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, University of Leeds
  • BA English Language and Literature (European), University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK-I
  • Association for Medical Humanities
  • British Society for Literature and Science

Student education

I teach undergraduate modules, primarily on contemporary literature, literature and the environment, poetry and romantic literature, and supervise final year projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Environmental Humanities Research Group