‘[…] a small, beautiful act of resistance’ – Sheri Benning (Poetry News, April 2022)

Aly Stoneman (BA, MA, PhD) is a creative producer, poet, tutor and researcher whose work explores relations between humans and the natural world in a changing climate.

I am a freelance community arts producer currently working with Adverse Camber (and previously with Pedestrian, Junction Arts, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (Poetic Spurn) and Nottingham Writers’ Studio among others). I was the founding Poetry Editor at LeftLion Magazine (2010-2018) presenting live literature events,  and a commissioned writer with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Writing East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University and more. I graduated with a creative and critical PhD from Nottingham Trent University in December 2021. My research project examined representations of flooding, sea-level rise and erosion in contemporary poetry, supported through an AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership award.

I am also the author of Lost Lands (Crystal Clear, 2012), a winner of the Buxton Poetry Prize (2015) and Nottingham Poetry Society’s Open Performance Prize (2010), and my poems have appeared in Poetry News, LiquidscapesUnder The Radar, New Walk, Hearing Voices, Mud Press, Staple, Fin and the anthology Crystal Voices: Ten Years of Crystal Clear Creators, among others. I have read and performed at numerous literary events including Copenhagen International Poetry Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Lyric Lounge, Tongue Fu ‘Night of The Festivals’, and as part of Renaissance One’s live literature mentoring scheme, ‘The Final Stage’.

‘There is a smooth musical grace to Stoneman’s verses, easeful as the flow of water; yet like water her images cut through ground, into landscapes both ‘human’ and ‘wild’.’
Mark Goodwin, winner of the inaugural East Midlands Book Award.

Image by Steve Larder (from 'Lost Lands, 2012)

Image by Steve Larder (from Lost Lands, 2012)