Liz Bahs

Dr Liz Bahs

Lecturer in Creative Writing and Programme Director for BA English Literature with Creative Writing
+441483 686188
Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings or by appointment.

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.


Areas of specialism

creative writing; long poems and poetry sequences; poetry; prose poetry; nature writing / travel writing; polyvocal / polyphonic; Narrative Studies; multi-narrativity

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme Director for BA English Literature with Creative Writing
  • Languages and Literature rep for the LGBT Equality Group
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff Rep for Literature and Languages

    My qualifications

    Practice-based PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry)
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    MA English Literature: Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change
    University of Sussex
    BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing; Associate of Arts in Women's Studies; Associate of Arts in World Religions
    University of Florida


    Research interests

    Research collaborations


    Postgraduate research supervision

    Postgraduate research supervision



    Liz Bahs (2020) Stay Bones

    Liz Bahs’s debut collection of poetry straddles continents and generations – from a childhood in America to an adult life in the UK, from long-dead relatives to loved ones today. A family history is brought alive in a photographic sequence: “Through green shagpile fields, she gallops on / tiptoe” (Chicken Pox Nude), while in University of Florida: Jennings Hall we meet Lisa: ‘in the hallway, between the toilets / and the fire escape, skinny Lisa roller-skated / in her un- derwear, Budweiser in hand”. We also encounter Tony “in silver stilettos, tunes his voice higher”, a sex worker called Victoria, and the pilot of Flight 1549 who landed his plane on the Hudson river. A poignant medley of insights and char- acters, delivered with wit and grace, this collection lingers after the final page.

    Liz Bahs (2018) Greyhound Night Service

    A pamphlet of poetry and haibun. Maquette Press, 2018

    Liz Bahs (2023) ‘More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Multi-Narrativity and Polyphony in Jackie Kay’s Poetry Sequence “The Adoption Papers”’

    Article and Multi-Narrative Working Paper in this special issue of the journal LWU edited by Liz Bahs, Corinne Bancroft, and Andre Schwarck.