Ruth Stacey


Lecturer - Creative Writing

English Media and Culture

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855138

Ruth is based in Bredon 190. As Admissions Tutor for Creative and Professional Writing, she is responsible for processing new applications for study and recruitment of new students. This includes attending open days, organising events and visiting schools and colleges.

Ruth's poetry collection Queen, Jewel, Mistress was published by Eyewear Publishing 2015. Alison Weir wrote that, Ruth Stacey's poems are "exceptional." They evoke voices long silenced, and the very essence of these past lives and the ages in which they were lived. Her recent pamphlet, Inheritance, was published by Mothers Milk Books 2017. A duet with another poet, Katy Wareham Morris, it explored 19th century experience of motherhood, contrasted with a 21st century mother's voice. Inheritance won Best Collaborative Work at the 2018 Saboteur Awards.

Forthcoming poetry collection, How to Wear Grunge, will be available from Knives, Forks & Spoons press Autumn 2018. Two of the poems from that collection are displayed as part of the 2018/19 Blackpool Illuminations.


  • Current: PhD Creative Writing University of Northumbria
  • MA Literature: Politics and Identity University of Worcester
  • PTTLS Worcester College of Technology
  • BA hons English Studies Bath Spa University

Teaching & Research

Ruth writes poetry and prose, and is currently focused on reclaiming maligned or forgotten voices in her work, combining history with imagined memoir to create a new document that allows a different perspective on the historical person. Animal/human shape-shifting is a recurring motif within her work. She is currently writing poetry as part of her research for her PhD, at the University of Northumbria, on the topic of Pamela Colman Smith. Ruth has recently presented two papers connected to her research on recreating historical voices.       

‘Washed Ashore in a New World: Using creative writing research to explore the dual identity of the sibling twins representing Elizabeth I in Twelfth Night.’ Siblings Symposium, University of Worcester September 2018.

‘Double Ventriloquism required in the construction of an imagined memoir.’ – Projectivisms Symposium, Cardiff University May 2018.

Ruth is also working on a pamphlet collection, titled Decorative, about the female muses of famous artists, and a historical novel about witchcraft.  Her poems have been widely published online and in print, most recently in the No, Robot, No! Anthology with Sidekick Books, The New Humanist, POEM and The Interpreter’s House magazines.

Ruth has taught a wide range of creative and literary modules, including Introduction to Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Raiding the Canon, Gothic Literature, New Nature Writing, Writing for Children, Career and Project, Life Writing. Ruth also supervises dissertations in Creative Writing.

Ruth is currently teaching:

Semester 1:

Life Writing 
Career and Project 
Contemporary Poetry

Semester 2:

Introduction to Writing 
Writing for Children 


A selection of recent publications and events:

Inheritance poetry pamphlet (Mothers Milk Books)launched at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017

Commissioned to write a piece in collaboration for The Enemies Project at Ledbury 2017 and performed at the event

Read at the Houses of Parliament for the Women on Brexit launch: A special issue of the journalPoemwas launched 20 June a collection of poetry and prose on the theme ofWomen on Brexit, co-edited by Fiona Sampson, Mona Arshi and Aisha K. Gill. T

Distance (poem) published in the New Humanist Magazine Summer 2017

Commissioned by Worcester City Art Gallery to write poetry in response to the artwork of David Cox. The poems were performed at an event: Museum After Hours

Headlined at Anathema, Bristol May 2017, reading from poetry duet pamphlet, in collaboration with Katy Wareham Morris

On the Cautious Road (poem) published in the Writing Motherhood anthology from Seren Press ed. Carolyn Jess-Cooke (March 2017)

Actions Speak (poem) published in HWEAT! 20 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival ed. Mark Fisher, Bloodaxe, (2016)

Invited to read at Keele University March 2016. Hour long reading from my various publications and new collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress

Judged the Poetry by Heart regional final, Herefordshire. February 2016

Queen, Jewel, Mistress (Eyewear Poetry) launched at Ledbury Poetry Festival July 2015

Won place on prestigious voice coaching course for up and coming poets, paid for by Ledbury Poetry Festival and run by Kristin Linklater. April 2015

Fox Boy poetry Pamphlet (Dancing Girl Press) launched at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2014

Chaired the discussion panel at the Writing and Motherhood event at Ledbury Poetry festival 2014

External Responsibilities

Ruth Stacey is the cover illustrator for V. Press Poetry. The press was recently shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award 2017.The Michael Marks Publishers' Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form.V Press poet Antony Owen's collection,The Nagasaki Elder, was recently shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2017. The press publishes a wide range of flash fiction,pamphlet and full collections of poetry.