School of English


BA, MA London South Bank University

I am the author of three poetry publications: Umwelt (Leafe Press, 2016), Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, 2014) and Places of Articulation (dancing girl press 2014). I am currently engaging in a study exploring questions surrounding the social, ethical and perceptual implications of communicating the aberrant body in poetic practice.


I am the founding editor of Litmus Publishing, a press exploring the intersection between science and literature and edited the following publications; Sequences and Pathogens, Litmus: the forensic issue, Litmus: the neurological issue, and Litmus: the diagnostics issue. I am interested in the challenges and outcomes arising from interdisciplinary engagement, the processes occurring at this point of intersection; the interpretation, conceptualization and re-contextualization of information, how language from another discipline embedded in a poetic structure carries a specific frisson, garners new resonance, and becomes an ingredient of communication. I am interested in the violation of predicted routes of interdisciplinary engagement, and how poets can act as marginal authorities redefining predicted roles of engagement.

I have read my work to audiences at Université Sorbonne, Paris, Science Museum, the Wellcome Trust, the Barbican, the Roundhouse, BBC Radio Kent and contributed on innovative improvised collaborations, notably with synthesizer Matthew Bourne, and musician Sam Bailey. Recent poetry and reviews appear in SALT anthology Best British Poetry 2015Shearsman, Cordite Poetry Review Tears in the Fence, and Long Poem Magazine. 


I have taught Creative Writing in primary, secondary, further and higher education institutions, including Canterbury Christ Church University, the Barbican Arts Centre, and London South Bank University.

Contact Information


Office: W4.E8 (Rutherford)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Lehane, D. (2016). Umwelt. [Online]. Nottingham, U.K.: Leafe Press. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2014). Ephemeris. [Online]. Rugby, U.K.: Nine Arches Press. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2017). A Pastoral Letter on Brexit. Poem: International English Language Quarterly [Online] 5:277-278. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2017). Bettbehandlung [Bedrest]. Journal of Poetics Research [Online]. Available at:
Edited journal
Lehane, D. ed. (2016). Litmus: the diagnostics issue. Litmus Magazine [Online]. Available at:
Lehane, D., Crewe, S. and Cleghorn, E. eds. (2015). Litmus: the haematological issue. Litmus Magazine [Online]. Available at:
Lehane, D. and Cleghorn, E. eds. (2014). Litmus: the forensic issue. Litmus Magazine [Online]. Available at:
Lehane, D. and Cleghorn, E. eds. (2014). Litmus: the neurological issue. Litmus Magazine [Online]. Available at:
Internet publication
Lehane, D. (2015). Information and Poetry: Encountering the Informationists [Internet]. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2016). Poetry Reading at Impaired/Heightened Sense conference. [Reading].
Lehane, D. (2016). Collaboration with synthesizer Matthew Bourne, (April 2016). [Performance]. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2015). Poetry Reading at Wellcome Trust, Refracted Light: 20 poets on Jackson Mac Low's Light Series, (May 2015). [poetry reading].
Lehane, D. (2014). Exponential Horn/Archive of the Now/Litmus, Science and Poetry event. [Radio]. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2014). Poetry Reading at Tears in the Fence Festival. [Reading]. Available at:
Lehane, D. (2014). I am Become Words: Science and Poetry Special Editions. [Reading].
Lehane, D. (2016). Review of (O) by Sophie Mayer Caddy, D. ed. Tears in the Fence 63 [Online]:105-108. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 16 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Experimental/ Innovative poetry
  • Science-Poetry Interdisciplinary writing
  • Disability and Trauma Poetry
  • Medical Humanities
  • Disability and Contemporary Live Performance
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During the 2016/17 academic year I will be teaching:

EN674 Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation (Stage 2)

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Last Updated: 28/11/2016