Professor Richard Bradford

Professor of Literary History & Theory

School of Arts & Humanities

Coleraine campus

Room J209,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Arts and Humanities Research

Professor of Literary History & Theory

Professor Richard Bradford


Richard Bradford is Professor of English and Senior Distinguished Research Fellow. His work on poetry and poetics has been praised by John Hollander and René Wellek as offering new, groundbreaking perspectives upon the nature of verse.

His biographies of post-war British writers have received enthusiastic reviews in broadsheets and weeklies, with D.J. Taylor in The Independent commenting on his 'Lucky Him. The Life of Kingsley Amis' (2001) that 'no-one has done such a detailed job of analysis... No-one, either, has so relentlessly exposed the central struggles of Amis's life'.

Roger Lewis, in the Daily Express wrote of 'First Boredom, Then Fear. The Life of Philip Larkin' (2005) that 'Bradford is in such complete command of the subject matter that nothing escapes him. It is as if he has had access to Larkin's very thought processes. A great biography of a great artistic genius. Utterly magnificent'.

He writes occasionally for The Spectator and has been commissioned as authorised biographer of Alan Sillitoe.

He did his BA in the University of Wales and his D.Phil. in Oxford and has held posts in the Universities of Oxford and Wales and in Trinity College Dublin. He was Visiting Lecturer in Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest and in the University of Warsaw.

Since his arrival at Ulster University he has published 15 books on various aspects of literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present day, including A Linguistic History of English Poetry (Routledge, 1993); Roman Jakobson. Life, Language, Art (Routledge, 1994); The Look of It. A Theory of Visual Form in English Poetry (Cork University Press, 1993); and Stylistics (Routledge, 1997).