Dr Vahni Capildeo


I joined the University of Leeds as the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry in August 2016.

I obtained my BA, MSt and DPhil from the University of Oxford before taking up a Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Since then I have worked as a lexicographer at the Oxford English Dictionary; in academia at the University of Glasgow, the University of Kingston-upon-Thames, the University of Sheffield, the University of Greenwich, and the University of Leeds (Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing); and in culture for development as Programme Officer and Senior Programme Officer for Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. The Judith E. Wilson Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge saw me develop my interest in collaborations and embodied practice. A Harper-Wood Studentship from St John's College, Cambridge, enabled me to focus on travel and non-fiction writing. I mentor poets through organizations such as Poetry London and Inscribe (Peepal Tree Press), in addition to self-employment as a creative writing professional.

Research interests

My current academic and creative practice-based research interests are in multilingualism, memory, place (beyond ecopoetics and psychogeography), objects and writing from objects (ekphrasis and phenomenology), intersemiotic translation, and collaboration in embodied work such as experimental installation / performance art and traditional masquerade. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • DPhil (Old Norse and translation theory)
  • MSt (English medieval)
  • BA (English Language and Literature)

Professional memberships

  • Society of Authors