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Ulster Poetry in the Digital Age: Creativity, Innovation and Professional Practice

Dr Kathryn White and Dr Frank Ferguson


“Employing digital technology can really benefit students and scholars, especially when they’re not getting too caught up with a particular gizmo as such, using it just to use it. Instead, it’s a question of how technology can both aid in traditional modes of scholarship/study and create new ways of approaching it.”  Dr. Trevor Hoag, Assistant Professor of English and a member of the CNU Digital Humanities Task Force



How do we make poetry relevant, accessible and exciting in the digital age?


What is an archive?

‘the meaning of "archive“, its only meaning, comes to it from the Greek arkheion: initially a house, a domicile, an address, the residence of the superior magistrates, the archons, those who commanded ...’

‘Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression’ Jacques Derrida and Eric Prenowitz, Diacritics, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Summer, 1995), pp. 9-63

Archives play a significant role in cultural and social history

The selection/deselection of archival material shapes public memory for better or for worse

History influences archival practice and theory, which in turn influences further history

Role of Archives

  • as memory keepers

  • as instruments of transparency and accountability

  • for retaining corporate knowledge

  • for informing future decision making

John Hewitt Collection: University of Ulster, Coleraine

How Academia Is Interpreting Archives


Poetry Archive

‘unacknowledged legislators’

Ulster Poetry Project

  • Celebration of the Work and Scholarship of John Hewitt and Ulster-Scots Poetry.

  • Ongoing research in Ulster Poetry and Book History.

  • Collaboration with UU, Libraries NI, QUB, LHL.

  • 5000 books and journals of John Hewitt’s Library; 40 manuscript notebooks of poems, unpublished autobiography ‘A North Light’.

Teaching a buried archive

And while they’re provin’ that his end is sure

By strange ill omens—to assuage his smart

The minister comes in, wha’s to the poor,

Without a fee performs the doctor’s part:

An’ while wi’ hope he soothes the suff’rers heart,

An’ gies a cheap, safe recipe, they try

To quat braid Scotch, a task that foils their art;

For while they join his converse, vain though shy,

They monie a lang learn’d word misca’ an’ misapply.

(The Irish Cottier’s Death and Burial. James Orr)

Resource For Secondary and Higher Education

QAA – Subject-Specific Skills

  • awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning

  • understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence questions of judgement

  • comprehension of the complex nature of literary languages, and an awareness of the relevant research by which they may be better understood.

Unlocking the database


Television Production

Research as Teaching Resource

New Publications


  • Employability

    Improving employability skills for students

  • Teaching and Learning

    Developing and implementing a broad range of flexible

    learning approaches

  • Learning Resources

    Developing clearer and more effective resource

    strategies; enabling better access to learning

    resources for all students; developing the use of

    collections to support effective teaching and


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