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Dr Kayleigh Campbell, Creative Writing Ph.D.


Admissions Manager & English Language Support at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 

Editorial Board for Grist (The University of Huddersfield). I also do freelance poetry manuscript editing. ​

A poet, mainly. My debut collection Matryoshka was published with Verve Poetry Press in April 2022. Available here . You can also buy my first poetry pamphlet, Keepsakehere published by Maytree Press in 2019.

I live in Leeds with my partner Joe, our daughter Eliza, son Alex & our cat Theo.

Instagram | @kayyyleigh

Upcoming events and publications:

Chemistry at The Chemic Tavern on 24/11/2023. Headlining alongside Ian Humphreys. 

Notes on different places is available to preorder from Salò Press:



Stargazing which features in Matryoshka was shortlisted for the 2021 Bridport Prize. 

In the salmon pink painted waiting room
she reads a pamphlet about diabetes.

In the box room through the door
the nurse collects her blood in a vacutainer
and asks is this decision supported?

Yes & no,
like everything in this fucking world.

In a another room beyond that
she is asked do you want to look?
At the miniature milky way on the screen.

Years from now she might carry a star
but now she’s no divine mother, only a telescope.

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