Aly Stoneman (BA, MA, PhD) is a creative producer, poet, tutor and researcher whose work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world in a changing climate
I recently completed my creative and critical PhD at Nottingham Trent University (2016-2021), supported through an AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership award, examining representations of flooding, sea-level rise and erosion in contemporary poetry. I am a freelance community arts producer, working with organisations including Pedestrian (Leicester), Junction Arts (Derbyshire), and Nottingham Writers’ Studio. I was the founding Poetry Editor at LeftLion Magazine (2010-2018) presenting live literature events, a commissioned writer with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Writing East Midlands and Nottingham Trent University, and Creative Producer for Poetic Spurn (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust).
I am also the author of Lost Lands (Crystal Clear Creators, 2012), winner of the Buxton Poetry Prize (2015) and Nottingham Poetry Society’s Open Performance Prize (2010), and my poems have appeared in Liquidscapes, Under 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.