I joined the English department at Leicester in 2021 as a Research Associate where I work on the AHRC-funded international collaborative research project ‘Representing Gender-Based Violence: Literature Performance and Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean’. Previously I studied three degrees at the University of Leicester where my PhD was supervised by Lucy Evans and Nick Everett. My main research areas are poetry and Caribbean literature. I am particularly interested in considering how matters of craft can intersect with political activism. I am a founding member of the research network New Voices in Postcolonial Studies.
I am currently working on the collaborative research project Representing Gender-Based Violence: Literature Performance and Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean funded by the AHRC. On this project I examine representations of gender-based violence in poetry drama print and spoken word.
I am also currently finishing my monograph ‘Form in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Poetry’. As well as providing a comprehensive account of recent developments in poetic form written across the Caribbean and its diaspora the book highlights how poetic form is employed by Caribbean poets to signal complex cultural and political affiliations. Further through an illumination of and challenge to eurocentrism in the epistemology of poetic form the book explores how critical conceptions of poetic form can and must be expanded to better represent the multifarious voices of poets writing globally in English.
Caribbean Journeys: Travel Writing by Nottingham Caribbean Elders, ed. by Sofia Aatkar and Kelsi Delaney (Leicester: Centre for New Writing, 2018)
Kelsi Delaney, 'Sonnets of the Caribbean', English Review, 32:3 (2022), 2-5.
Office hour: Monday 4.00pm - 5.00pm (ATT 1509)
I currently teach on the module Concepts and Criticism (EN2360) and have previously taught Reading English (EN1010).
Press and media
I delivered the community arts project ‘Caribbean Journeys’ with co-director Sofia Aatkar between 2017 and 2018. Commemorating the 70th Windrush Anniversary the project sought to record the experiences of Nottingham Caribbean elders’ journeys between the UK and the Caribbean. The project was delivered in collaboration with a number of external stakeholders including the activist charity Journey for Justice Museumand: the Caribbean National Heritage Museum and the Gedling Elders Community Group.
We delivered a series of workshops which resulted in the publication of Caribbean Journeys (2018) a book of travel narratives written by project participants. The project was accompanied by two YouTube videos a presentation about the project in the activism workshop ‘October Dialogues’ in Nottingham in October 2017 and the delivery of the inaugural Black History Month public lecture at Nottingham Trent University in 2019.
Caribbean Journeys received extensive media coverage within Nottingham including an interview on Nottingham local radio a feature on Notts TV and two newspaper articles in the Nottingham Post. The project was also featured on the blog ‘Repeating Islands’.
‘Arts Activism to Address GBV: Youth Voices and Experiences from Trinidad and Tobago’ Caribbean Studies Association (Online: June 2022) *forthcoming
‘“Here are the stories underneath”: Representing Gender-based Violence in Contemporary Jamaican Poetry Caribbean Studies Association (Online: June 2022) *forthcoming
‘The Perseverance (2018) by Raymond Antrobus: Page stage and the politics of medium’ Enduring Performance: The Post-pandemic Future of Spoken Word (University of Winchester [online]: February 2022)
‘Crossing the Line: Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Prose Poetry’ Society for Caribbean Studies (Online: June 2021)
‘A New Form of Dialogue: Hybridity and “Multiple-Form” Poetry’ Caribbean Studies Association (Habana Libre Cuba: June 2018)
‘Sonnet Form and the Poetics of Voicing Postcolonial Poetics’ Society for Caribbean Studies Postgraduate Conference (Goldsmiths University of London UK: July 2017)"
BA (University of Leicester)
MA (University of Leicester)
PhD (University of Leicester)