Tim Craven

University of Edinburgh

"Intimate with Madness": Metaphors for the Mind and Mental Illness in Confessional Poetry

Academic History:

2016 - 2019 PhD Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh

2012 - 2015 MFA Creative Writing, Syracuse University

2008 - 2014 BA (Hons) Humanities with Creative Writing & English Language, Open University

1999 - 2002 BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, University of Manchester


Dr Jane McKie

Dr Miriam Gamble

Research Interests:

  • Poetry & Poetics
  • Confessional Poetry
  • Literary Criticism
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Medical Humanities
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry & Mental Health

Previous Research Projects:

The Insistence of Image: An examiniation of Stephen Dunn's use of image as a mechanism for exploring higher philosophical questions.


AHRC PhD Studentship, 2016-2019

Syracuse University Creative Writing Scholarship, 2012-2015

New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship, 2014

Contact Details:

Address: PhD Study Room, 4th Floor, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

Email: Tim.Craven@ed.ac.uk

Website/Blogs: timcraven.co.uk

First published: 10 November 2016