Dr Sue Dymoke FRSA

Dr Sue DymokeReader in Education

BA Hons, PGCE, PhD (Nottingham), FRSA

Tel: 0116 252 3683

Email: sd100@le.ac.uk



Sue is a published poet with a particular interest in poetry education and how young people are supported to develop their writing. Sue previously taught English in secondary schools for 16 years. For 8 of these she was a Head of English. She also lectured at the University of Nottingham and for the Open University. Sue has developed CPD on many aspects of English. She has been as a consultant for the national Poetry Archive and the Poetry Society. Sue was external evaluator for the Spoken Word Education programme in Waltham Forest. She is a member of the East Midlands Regional Advisory Panel of writing education charity First Story and enabled the charity to forge strong links with the university's annual Literary Leicester festival. In December 2017 she visited Japan as a guest of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Hiroshima where she gave a keynote lecture, Finding, Writing and Researching Poetry, together with poetry pedagogy workshops and poetry readings. In February 2019 Sue began working with colleagues from the Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology on a public engagement project entitled Making Macromolecules Mainstream, funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF (Institutional Strategic Support Fund).

Sue is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in July 2011 and a University Teaching Fellowship in 2008. From 2009 - 2014 she edited English in Education an international peer-reviewed academic journal. Sue convened a four part ESRC Poetry Matters seminar series with colleagues Dr Anthony Wilson and Professor Andrew Lambirth from Exeter and Greenwich universities in 2011-12. In 2016 she was honoured to give the Harold Rosen Memorial Lecture, entitled 'Finding and Keeping Poetry', at the 50 years After Dartmouth Research symposium. In 2017 she was awarded the Terry Furlong Research Award 2017 by the National Association for the Teaching of English and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Here at the School of Education, Sue is Programme Leader for the Master of Education programme and Director of Academic Staff Professional Development. She supervises PhD students with interests in: aspects of Secondary English, Drama and Media education (especially poetry writing and pedagogy, digital literacy/use of digital technology in the classroom, visual and multi-literacies, Young Adult Literature, English Literature within curriculum frameworks); creativity; development of teachers' subject/pedagogic knowledge; arts-based curriculum construction and pedagogy. She is an experienced External Examiner at PhD, Masters and PGCE level.

Sue belongs to the University of Leicester Centre for New Writing. Her collaborative poem DNA Time, written with Pietro Rovers,i is discussed in Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art on BBC Radio 4. She won first prize in the Nottingham Historic Green Spaces Poetry competition 2016 for her poem 'Arboretum Shapes'. You can listen to recordings of Sue’s poetry at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcCZHaJgWhw. Her response to the work of artists David Hockney and Francis Stark was presented at the opening exhibition of Nottingham Contemporary in 2008. Her blog is at http://suedymokepoetry.com/



Sue teaches on modules for the courses listed below:

Master of Education

MAELT: Professional Enquiry (dissertation module)

PGCE Secondary English

Sue supervises PhD students with her research interests (see above).

Selected Publications

Dymoke, S. and Roversi, P. (2018) The genesis, writing and form of the poem DNA Time, Writing in Education, Issue 75, Summer 2018, 56 - 60.

Wilson, A. and Dymoke, S. (2017) Towards a model of poetry writing development as a socially contextualised process, Journal of Writing Research. 9 ( 2), 127-150 View | https://doi.org/10.17239/jowr-2017.09.02.02

Dymoke, S. (2017) 'Poetry is not a special club': how has an introduction to the secondary Discourse of Spoken Word made poetry a memorable experience for young people?, Oxford Review of Education, 43, 2, 225-241. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/cZgsSJR2eCAf7WzygpF6/full

Dymoke, S., Barrs, M, Lambirth, A. & Wilson, A. (eds) (2015) Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom. London: Bloomsbury http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/making-poetry-happen-9781472510266/ (Highly Commended: UKLA Academic Book Award 2016)

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