Hugh Dunkerley’s poetry has been praised for its intensity of vision and its bitingly economical marshalling of language. His work is ‘observational’ but Dunkerley is no bystander. He subjects the detritus and violence of the modern world to scrupulous ecological surveillance, delving with an unwavering gaze into the psychology of human passion and suffering.
Dunkerley teaches at the University of Chichester and is the West Sussex Poet Laureate. In 1992 he recieved the prestigious Eric Gregory Award. He has won the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year award on several occassions, and in addition to a Hawthornden Fellowship (1999), and a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (2002), he received Arts Council England funding in 2009.
Since 1989, Dunkerley’s post at Chichester has seen him teaching on both creative and critical courses. He runs a course called 'Reinventing Nature: Contemporary Poetry and the Environment'. It explores the growing area of Ecocriticism which, in Dunkerley’s words, is 'based on the assumption that we live and write in a more-than-human world'. This belief underscores all of his poetry. He has recently been co-editor of Earthographies: Ecocriticism and Culture (2008) and his poems have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals in the UK, Ireland and North America. His pamphlet collections are Walking to the Fire Tower (1997) and Fast (2007). Hare (2010) is his first full collection.