Robert Francis

Uncovering the Overlooked: Black Country Place-Identity

R. M. Francis is a writer from Dudley. He graduated his MA in Creative Writing from Teesside University and recently completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton. His part-creative and part-critical thesis investigated the post-industrial liminality of the Black Country, using Environmental Psychology, Psychogeography, Freudian Psychoanalysis and Queer theory to investigate the off-kilter aspects of contemporary life in the region. He works as a Visiting Lecturer at the University and is part of the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research. He’s author of four poetry chapbooks: ​Transitions, ​(The Black Light Engine Room, 2015), ​Orpheus ​(Lapwing Publications, 2016) ​Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All ​(The Black Light Engine Room, 2018) and Lamella (Original Plus, 2019). His first full collection is due out with Smokestack Books. His debut novel is being published by Wild Pressed Books in 2020.

Rob will be sharing his cutting-edge research at TEDXWolverhampton; using the Black Country he’ll explore how sense of place impacts on our sense of self, the importance of our shared communal memories, investigating how this overlooked region can be seen afresh, revitalising the unlooked for places. Find out more ​here​ and follow him on twitter @RMFrancis.

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