The Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing

Over the moon to have been shortlisted for The Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing. I love what I write. I love using poetry as a tool of inquiry: testing the limits of form, experience and knowledge. But there aren’t many places that can give it a home.

Streecake Magazine is one such place. And it’s wonderful to have a poem be shortlisted for the top prize. Good luck to all the shortlisted authors.

bath magg is ACE funded!

After multiple budgets, draft upon draft of copy and battling with Grantium, we were pumped to get that news that bath magg has been awarded funding by Arts Council England.

Funding means we can pay contributors, run workshops, put on launches and even pay ourselves a bit of money for all we do running the magazine.

We won’t be millionaires by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s amazing to see this labour of love get national recognition for all that we’ve achieved!

Autumn Teaching

This autumn I’ll be teaching a number of classes in and around the UK. In September I’m going to be teaching workshops for The Bill Gates Foundation, Cambridge and Homerton College, Cambridge. Those classes are closed to external participants but you can join me for the following online sessions:

  1. A 6-week course on the sonnet at Literature Cambridge, Friday nights at 18:00 GMT starting on October 1st 2021. Head over to to book a spot.

  1. A 2-session creative writing course focused on the sonnet, Friday 19th and 26th November 2021 at 18:00 GMT. Head over to to book.

  1. A 12-week course focusing on ‘Ways in Poetry’, combining writing exercises with guided workshopping, Thursday afternoons 14:45-16:45 GMT, starting on September 23rd. Head over to to book.

Or if you want to book some private teaching, just get in touch via hello [at] mariahwhelan [dot] com

“Autumn” by Ramón Peco is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Out of Time: Poetry for the Climate Emergency’ selected as a PBS Recommendation, Autumn 2021

Brilliant news that Out of Time has been selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2021. A huge congratulations to Valley Press and the brilliant editor Kate Simpson.

You can pre-order Out of Time here:

Is it shame or is it water? Poetry and research in conversation

On August 5/6th, I’ll be running a 2-day symposium with my colleagues Dr Katherine Collins (Oxford) and Dr Helen Mort (MMU). This two-day symposium seeks to bring together poets, researchers, researcher-poets and poet-researchers interested in exploring the intersections of poetry and research and to explore the questions we, as members of this growing field of inquiry, should be asking of our practices, our ethics, our outputs, and ourselves. 

Our questions include:

  • How do we define the core terms: what is research, what is poetry, what is collaboration, art, creativity, method?
  • How do we articulate aesthetic, epistemic, and ethical criteria for this kind of work? Should standards exist and what should they be?
  • What is the impact of Impact and other research quality frameworks such as REF on the kind of work that is made and valued?
  • What makes an effective, productive, collaboration between individuals and disciplines when some are poetically inclined, and others are research inclined?
  • Is poetry a ‘non-extractive’ method of research? How are the risks of colonising and appropriating poetic traditions being articulated and managed?

To send in a paper head here:

To register as an attendee head here:

Digital Poetries Now: June 23rd 2021

Can technology let us dialogue with plants? What happens when a poem is playable? How does Zoom impact on our idea of what a poetry reading is?

Join me on June 23rd when Jade Cuttle, Lenni Sanders, Kim Moore and J.R. Carpenter will be answering these questions and more!

The event is hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL at part of my Fellowship in Creative Practice. It’s open to all and registration is via:

What can creative approaches bring to academic practice?: Poetry and/as Research

On Thursday 3rd June join me, students from UCL and a selection of writers and academics for a roundtable discussion on what poetry-based approaches can bring to academic research.

We’ll be joined by:

Dr Eric Langley
 (UCL) who will be talking about the relationship between their book of poems Raking Light (Carcanet) and their research in English Literature

Dr Hannah Walters (UCL) who will be talking about using creative methods in her research into the experiences of working-class and first-in-family women students at UCL

Dr Hannah Copley (Westminster) who will be discussing the relationship between writing poetry and their academic practice

Dr Thomas Karshan (UEA) who will be talking about Nabakov and issues of understanding, knowledge and research

The event is free and open to all. Register here:

Eco poetry Event at Homerton College

On Friday 7th May I will be chairing an event at Homerton College on poetry and climate change.

Meeting the challenges of the climate crisis requires a radical reorganisation of the ways we live, work and play. In this roundtable discussion, artists, publishers, academics and climate activists will explore how creativity, particularly poetry, might help us to create bold new ways of thinking, being and doing.

The panel will feature the poets Jade Cuttle, Ella Duffy and Mariah Whelan, the editor Kate Simpson, academics and students from Homerton College, Cambridge as well as activists who are all invited to reflect on how poetry can help us rise to the challenges we are already facing and will continue to face over the coming decades.

Can art make a difference? How can we use creativity to mobilise emotion and affect real systematic change? Are there places where poetry falls short? Over an hour and a half, we will hear from our panel of experts before opening up for group discussion.