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Personal profile

Academic Background

B.A. English Literature; University of Oxford (1999)

Ph.D. English Literature; University of Cambridge (2008)


Jeremy Noel-Tod's research interests are primarily in modern poetry and modernist literature. He has reviewed poetry for the Guardian, the New Statesman, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Daily Telegraph, and was the poetry critic for The Sunday Times from 2013 to 2021. He has edited the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2013), the Complete Poems (2015) of R.F. Langley, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2018), and Market Lunch: Poems of Norwich (2020) by local poet Ron Nevett. He writes a weekly poetry newsletter at https://someflowerssoon.substack.com/ 


Jeremy Noel-Tod came to UEA in September 2009. He studied English Literature at Oxford University and then worked as a freelance tutor, editor and writer. He was Director of Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 2007 to 2008, and completed a PhD on T.S. Eliot in the same year. From 2008 to 2009 he lectured at Queen Mary, University of London. At UEA, he has held various roles: PGR Director (2010-2013), Senior Adviser (2014-2017), Head of Literature (2017-2019), Acting Head of School (2020). He is currently Academic Director of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (2021-present), where he leads the Mellon-funded project 'Towards a Centre for Contemporary Poetry in the Archive'. As a member of the local community, he has been a school governor (2014-2018) and a trustee of the Norwich Puppet Theatre (2021-present), and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Norfolk. He enjoys speaking about poetry to all kinds of audience, including schools and community groups.

Key Research Interests

T.S. Eliot and contemporary poetry

Modernism in Britain

History and theory of versification

The prose poem

Research supervision

I’m happy to hear from research students in all areas of modern literature, especially poetry, experimental fiction, and literary criticism.

Areas of Expertise

Contemporary and 20th century poets.

Teaching Interests

Modern poetry

Modernist literature

The history of poetic form

Teaching Activities

  • Describing Poetry 
  • Modernism
  • T.S. Eliot and Twentieth Century Poetry