‘We can admire Swain’s combinations of economy, quizzicality, and depth-charge enquiry…’ – New Welsh Review

by Rob Wareing

Kelley Swain is a writer and critic.

The Naked Muse (Valley Press, 2016,) was hailed by the TLS as ‘an insightful, lyrical memoir which sheds light on the role of nude models depicted by artists throughout the centuries, illuminating both their immortality and invisibility’.

In 2016, Kelley was one of the first three poets-in-residence  at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 

An interview at Scientia Crastina gives some insight into poetry & science residencies.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful, setting a selection of poems from Darwin’s Microscope to music written by multi-award-winning composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, will debut at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, performed by Carola Darwin, in 2019.

Kelley regularly contributes reviews and essays to the arts & culture pages of The Lancet medical journals, as well as writing for other journals such as Vice.

She has taught Health Humanities lectures and workshops for Imperial College London, Duke University, and is currently working with The University of Reading’s Centre for Health Humanities.