Sarah Hymas

Twitter: @sarahhymas

Previous Education

BA(Hons) West London Institute of Higher Education 1988
MA Lancaster University 1998

Thesis title

Set and Drift: Where Sea and Self Meet


Deryn Rees-Jones, Jill Rudd, Alexandra Harris
Marine biology consultant: Leonie Robinson

Research Summary

This thesis will investigate how the lyric can accommodate a place where there is no ‘I’; how imagination and scientific fact can be used to write about the sea in poetry that illuminates the interdependence of human and ocean.

Research Interests

The intersection of poetry and science
Contemporary American poetry, specifically Jorie Graham
Embodiment, especially the phenomenology of perception
The impact of climate change and other forms of man-made pollution on the sea


Site specific audio

Mavie (2017) Aberdeen. In progress. Colne Rising (2015) West Pennines. Impact of sea-level rise and coastal storms in West Yorkshire. Lune Rising (2015) Lancaster Castle. Exploring sea-level rise and longevity of plastics. Tales from the Towpath (2014) Manchester. Immersive story-telling through geocaching, augmented reality, micro print & performance. Shortlisted for the international 2014 New Media Writing Prize.


Ripple (2015). Works examining the impact of climate change on the Indian subcontinent. Collaboration with Maya Chowdhry. A Dock is not a Solid Thing (2015). Based on a Jacob’s ladder design w/ conveying precarious nature of maritime industries. There is No Night (2014) tracing the shifting borders of relationships and water. In Good Weather the Sign Outside reads Danger Quicksand (2013) Storm damage on NW England coast. Sea-Creatures (2013) Sea ecology. Lune (2012) A long poem set at the mouth of the Lune estuary


Sealegs. Poetry and music collaboration of Hymas&Lewis. Ilkley and Lancaster Literature Festivals 2014 and StAnza 2015.


Host (Waterloo Press, 2010)

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