Dr Agnes Lehoczky


Agnes LehoczkyRoom 5.15, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

email : A.Lehoczky@sheffield.ac.uk or lehoczkya@yahoo.com

Internal extension: 28467
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-8467


I am a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield.

I am a poet, scholar and translator. I studied for my Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pázmány Péter University of Hungary (1994-2001) then completed a Creative Writing MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia with a distinction in 2006.

I obtained a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at UEA in 2011. The research ran under the supervision of Professor Denise Riley, Dr George Szirtes and Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod where I was also teaching Creative Writing Poetry and Prose modules on the Undergraduate Programme in 2008-2010.

I am Convenor of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Creative Writing in the School of English.

Research and Writing

My research focuses on modernist and contemporary poetry and post-modern prose, particularly on the correlation between the psyche and urban landscapes, between (inner and outer) geographies and the stratigraphy of language. My main interest and research focus on the structural, poetic, psychological space of the prose poem.

I am also a poet and translator with six collections of poems published: the most recent one Carillonneur was my third collection in English published in 2014 by Shearsman.

I was the recipient of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award and I was selected as the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010 administered by International Writers Ink.

In 2011 I was awarded as the winner of the Jane Martin National Poetry Prize of Girton College, Cambridge. The judge was poet and scholar Dr Ian Patterson.

My collection of essays on the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance was published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

I was the representative poet of Hungary for Poetry Parnassus at Southbank Centre for London’s Cultural Olympiad in Summer, 2012.

At present I am Poet in Residence for the Furnace Park-Project within Occursus; see link:

I am the poetry editor of Route 57’s and one of Blackbox Manifold’s contributing advisors.

I run and organise the Sheffield Poetry Series within the Centre of Poetry and Poetics with Professor Adam Piette. (Centre for Poetry and Poetics)


At present I convene both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Creative Writing within the School of English. At Undergraduate Level I teach Level 1 Introduction to Creative Writing (Lit 109 /Autumn & Lit 111/Spring); Level 2 Creating Poetry (Lit219/Spring) and Level 3 Creative Writing Poetry (Lit3063/Autumn).
At Postgraduate level I teach Creative Writing Poetry 2 (Lit 6044) in the Spring term within the MA in Creative Writing Programme. I also contribute to the teaching of Contemporary British Poetry (Lit 6150/Autumn) as well as to Narrative: Story, Structure, Meaning (EGH640).

I contribute to Level 1 Studying Poetry (Lit 108/Spring) with lectures and seminars.

I co-supervise PhDs in Creative Writing (Poetry) and supervise the creative component of PhD students' creative research (in poetry), composition, writing and redrafting.

In 2010/2011 I was also a creative writing assistant working on a year-long project with Professor Simon Armitage, Professor Adam Piette, Dr Joanna Gavins, Dr Duco Van Oostrum and Dr Sara Whitely for the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Ann and Peter Sansom of 'The Poetry Business' at Bank Street Arts.

Along with teaching creative writing, I am also the editor of Route 57’s Poetry Section and I run various other extra curricular creative writing projects at the University of Sheffield with Professor Adam Piette.

Prior to teaching Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield, I taught Creative Writing for several years on the undergraduate programme at UEA.

I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

See links:


Only full collections and major works are listed.

Poetry Collections

Forthcoming poetry:

  • Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters (Boiler House Press, 2017)
  • Swimming Pool (Shearsman, 2017)

Honours and Poetry Awards

  • The Jane Martin National Poetry Prize of Girton College, Cambridge, 2011 (with Emily Critchley)
  • The Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010, for Creative Writing in English by a Non-Native Speaker organised by Writers Ink (DPP Anthology 2010 published in June, 2010)
  • The Arthur Welton Award of the Authors’ Foundation/Society of Authors in support of my second collection of poems in English
  • Representative Poet of Hungary: Poetry Parnassus, Southbank Centre, London, 2012
  • Bertha Bulcsu-Award (August 2012, Budapest)

Other Works/Commissions

  • Libretto commissioned by Norwich Writers’ Centre and Norwich and Norfolk Festival 2011 (with two other poets: George Szirtes and Andrew McDonnell): The Proportions of the Temple was performed by The Voice Project as a world premier performance in May 2011, Norwich Cathedral, for more information follow this link.
  • A sequence of prose poems on psycho-geographic aspects of Sheffield commissioned by ‘Citybooks Sheffield’ which is an EU-sponsored project in which the University of Sheffield works closely with the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren in Brussels. Five authors, a photographer and a video artist will create a unique portrait of the city of Sheffield, an alternative travel guide, which will be available in three languages: English, French and Dutch. Sheffield is the UK representative in this web-based project coordinated for Sheffield by Henriette Louwerse, Germanic Studies/SOMLAL. For more information follow this link.

Academic Publications

  • Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance, Four Essays on the Poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)
  • “Mítoszteremtés és tárgyiasság Nemes Nagy Ágnes költészetében,” (Myth-creation and objectivity in the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy), (Irodalomtörténet, A Magyar Irodalomtörténeti Társaság és az ELTE BTK Irodalom- és Kultúratudományi Intézetének folyóirata, Budapest: January, 2002)

Most recent publications (poems, essays and articles in English)

  • ‘Scribbling In That Other Tongue’ (essay with 3 poems) in Poetry Wales, April, 2012
  • Lung Jazz, the Oxfam Anthology of Young British Poets. eds. Todd Swift & Kim Lockwood (Cinnamon, 2012)
  • World Record (International Poetry Anthology for Poetry Parnassus), eds. Anna Selby and Neil Astley (Bloodaxe, 2012)
  • Gathered Here Today (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2012)
  • Conducting Cacophony,’ in In Their Own Words - Contemporary Poets on Their Poetry, eds. Helen Ivory and George Szirtes (Salt, 2012)
  • Sheffield Anthology: Poems from the City Imagined, eds. Agnes Lehoczky, Adam Piette, Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom (Smith/Doorstop, 2012)
  • Estuary: A Confluence of Art & Poetry, eds. Agnes Marton, Harriette Lawler (Moon and Mountain, 2012)
  • Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK, ed. Nathan Hamilton (Bloodaxe, January, 2013)
  • Poems in Stop Sharpening Your Knives 5, eds. Emily Berry, Nathan Hamilton, Heather Phillipson, Sam Riviere, and Jack Underwood (Egg Box Publishing, 2013)
  • Drifting Down the Lane – Art & Poetry Explorations, eds Agnes Marton, Harriette Lawler (Moon and Mountain, 2013)
  • Poems in Lighthouse Literary Journal, Issue 4, Gatehouse Press, April, 2014.

Editorial Work

  • Wordwards, eds. Adam Piette, Agnes Lehoczky and Matthew Cheeseman, (Mass Observation, 2012)
  • Ebenezer Elliott, Corn Law Rhymer: Poems of Sheffield & Environs, eds. Adam Piette and Agnes Lehoczky, foreword by Alan Halsey and Adam Piette (Issue 8, Route 57)
  • Route 57, Poetry, Issue 8 (2012)
  • Route 57, Poetry, Issue 9 (2013)
  • Sheffield Anthology: Poems from the City Imagined, eds. Agnes Lehoczky, Adam Piette, Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom (Smith/Doorstop, 2012)
  • Route 57, Poetry, Issue 10 (2014)


  • New Order Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation, edited by George Szirtes (Arc, 2010). Translated by Richard Berengarten, Thomas Cooper, Antony Dunn, George Gömöri, David Hill, Matthew Hollis, Agnes Lehóczky, Ottilie Mulzet, Clare Pollard, Owen Sheers, George Szirtes, Christopher Whyte, Clive Wilmer and Peter Zollman.
  • Poems by Kemény István and Virág Erdős. (Hungarian Quarterly, April, 2010)
  • Poems and essays by Agnes Nemes Nagy, Zsuzsa Takács, György Somlyó, Imre Korizs and Ákos Gyorffy in Hungarian Literature Online: poems (www.hlo.hu) 2009
  • Poems by Lavinia Greenlaw. (Nagyvilág, 2008, Hungary)
  • Poem by Geza Beremenyi in Schandl, Veronika, Socialist Shakespeare Production in Kadar-Regime Hungary (Edwin Mellen, 2008, US)
  • Poems by Carolyn Kizer and Adrienne Rich. (Magyar Napló, Oct. 2003)
  • I Killed my Mother - Andras Visky’s play translated by Agnes Lehoczky & Ailisha O'Sullivan (for the Rosemary Branch Theatre Performance, produced by Summer Dialogues Productions and presented in partnership with the Hungarian Cultural Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute, London, March, 2013)

Featuring on Radio

  • BBC World Service, The Forum – a World of Ideas, with Guy Deutscher and Claude M. Steele – End of June, 2010
  • Magyar Radió 1 (MR1) – Hungarian Radio 1. National Poetry Day. 8th of April, 2011
  • National Poetry Day, Versmaraton, Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2012, Budapest.
  • National Poetry Day, Versmaraton, Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2013, Budapest.
  • National Poetry Day, Versmaraton, Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2014, Budapest.