Amy Cutler (see School of English staff page) is a writer, curator, artist, and currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds in the Environmental Humanities research strand. She studied for her PhD (on environmental history, historical geography, and modern British poetry) in the Social and Cultural Geography department at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of the Landscape Surgery research group, and previously received her BA and MSt in English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford. She founded the cultural geography themed cinema PASSENGERFILMS, and has twice in a row received the national award from the British Federation of Film Societies for her work film programming alongside talks on academic research. In June 2013 she curated the exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, on forests, history, social memory, and environmental memory. Her first chapbook is Nostalgia Forest (Oystercatcher Press, 2013), and her most recently exhibited work was at GV Art Gallery in the exhibition Nature Reserves. She runs Land Diagrams, an online series of cross-disciplinary ‘twinned essays’, and recently co-edited the book Peter Riley: Critical Essays (forthcoming) with Alex Latter for Gylphi. Since 2012 she has been an appointed National Ambassador for Public Engagement with higher education research, and was recently selected for AHRC Science in Culture‘s shortlist of fifteen early career researchers in the UK doing inspiring work in arts-science collaboration. She is currently working on her first monograph, and planning a forest humanities conference to be based in Leeds in 2015.
More information on publications, other writing, and recent talks:
Amy Cutler, ‘Coastal Camaraderie and British Writing’, in James Riding and Martin Jones eds., Reanimating Region: 11 Ethnographic Explorations (London: Routledge, 2016)
Amy Cutler ed., Were X A Tree: Glosses on Larkin (New York: Punctum Books, 2015)
Amy Cutler and Alex Latter eds., Peter Riley: Critical Essays (Canterbury: Gylphi Ltd: Arts and Humanities, 2014)
Amy Cutler, ‘‘Whitby is a statement’: Littoral geographies in British Poetry’, in Neal Alexander & David Cooper eds., Poetry & Geography: Space, Place & Post-War Poetry (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)
SUCKERS (chapbook, 2012, featured here as part of the Lex-ICON text and image project, and printed in series in Dandelion’s Literary Ecology issue).
Other poems are available from publishers and journals including English, Infinite Editions, Intercapillary Space, Renscombe Press, Nine Arches Press, eMigrating Landscapes, The Clearing, Philosophy Activism Nature (PAN) and Corbel Stone Press (forthcoming). The most recently available online are: Rumpele Stilt / Chanson / L’Hiver
British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) NATIONAL WINNER in Film Society of the Year Awards for ‘Best Film Education Programme’ second year running – Sept 2013
British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) NATIONAL WINNER in the Film Society of the Year Awards, for ‘Best Film Education Programme’, Sept 2012, profiled here on the Royal Holloway website.
British Federation of Film Societies Commendation for PASSENGERFILMS for ‘Best Film Education Programme’, 2011
Winner of 1k Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs mini-grant for PASSENGERFILMS, 2011
Co-creator of film Exploring London’s Olympic Waterscape, produced for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad with an awarded 2k Olympic grant, plus collaborative article published on British Library website here, 2010
Holder of full AHRC award for PhD research in Cultural Geography and one other discipline, Royal Holloway, 2009-2012
Holder of the Senior Scholarship Award for outstanding academic achievement, Wadham College, 2008-9
Winner of the Rex Warner Literary Prize for outstanding creative writing and translation, 2007
”A culture is no greater than its woods': forests and cultural values’, Cultural Values? workshop, University of Leeds, 15th May 2014
”It is a traffick / and no mistake': the modern business of the sea in British poetry’, British Waters and Beyond: The Cultural Significance of the Sea since 1800, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 12th May 2014
”Lexicographical winter wonderland': glossaries of ice and snow’, in the panel ‘Eco-translation’, Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning, University of Tartu, Estonia, 29th April – 3rd May 2014
‘Working with cultural geographies of the coast and forest’, as part of the Poetics Research Centre evening seminar series on practice-based research, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London, 16th Oct 2013
‘Technology and ‘Tongues in Trees': modern British poetry and late twentieth century forestry’, at Silent Spring: Chemical, Biological and Technological Visions of the Post-1945 Environment, Birkbeck, University of London, 7th June 2013
‘‘Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig’: poetry, memory, and modern British forests’, at Shifting Territories: Modern and Contemporary Poetics of Place, Senate House, University of London, 22-23rd May 2013
”It is a traffick / and no mistake': ships, economics, and the language of the sea in modern British poetry’, at Britain and the Sea: The Maritime Sphere and the Past, Present and Future of the UK, University of Plymouth, 4-5th Sept 2012
‘Remit and rhyme: land ownership in contemporary British poetry’, Politics at Royal Holloway one-day conference, RHUL, 31st May 2012
‘Treed to a wild junction': forest intersections in modern British poetry’, Intersections: UCL Graduate Conference, London, 9th March 2012
‘Peter Larkin’s Leaves of Field and British forest management’, Cultivation Field Postgraduate Symposium, Reading University, 28th September 2011
‘Contemporary British Poetry and Coastlines’, RHUL Geography Postgraduate Symposium, 21st September 2011
Panel guest on ‘I Want to Start a Film Club’, part of the Scala Forever season at the Roxy Bar & Screen, 3rd September 2011
Panel guest on ‘Zombie Zero Apocalypse’, a critical dissection of the geography of zombies, 7-8pm on Resonance FM, 21st April 2011
‘The landscape is riddled with failed promises / and premature returns’: industrial remains in Ted Hughes’ Remains of Elmet (1979) and Peter Riley’s Tracks and Mineshafts (1983)’, paper given at ‘Reanimating Industrial Spaces’ session, Theories of Archaeology Group (TAG) annual conference, Durham, 17-19th December 2009.
‘Novel geographies of The Great North Road in C. E. Montague’s Right Off the Map (1927) and Elizabeth Bowen’s To the North (1932)’, at Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945, Oxford, 18th September 2009
Curator, Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig – an exhibition on forests, social and environmental memory, and concepts of history, 2013
Founder and convenor, LAND DIAGRAMS, new cross-disciplinary twinned studies
Convener, ‘In-betweenness: cross-disciplinary research’, Landscape Surgery, Bedford Square, 29th May 2012
Conference Co-Organiser, ‘Where horizons meet’: a one-day conference on Peter Riley and readings of his work, Birkbeck University, 14th January 2011. See conference review in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.
Convenor, ‘Poetry beyond Ecocritical Narratives’, two panels for Association for Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) post-graduate conference, ‘Emergent Critical Environments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?’, London, 9-10th September 2011
Special Events Co-Ordinator, UK Green Film Festival, Bermondsey Square, London, 20th – 22nd May 2011
Convenor, ‘Geography and Twentieth Century British Poetry’, two panels plus readings by six poets, at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2010, London, 1-3rd September 2010 (see session report)