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Laura Varnam’s Beowulf dragon

Dr Laura Varnam, Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature, has had a poem – Dead Dragon, Deep Dragon – published in a new anthology Gods & Monsters: Mythological Poems edited by Ana Sampson.

The book is illustrated by former children’s laureate Chris Riddell, and with an introduction by Natalie Haynes. It also includes poems from Neil Gaiman, W B Yeats, Kae Tempest, Sylvia Plath, Shakespeare and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Dead Dragon, Deep Dragon is part of Laura’s creative adaptation project, Poems for the Women of Beowulf: A ‘Contemporary Medieval’, which she recently presented at this year’s Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBO) conference at the University of Birmingham. Find our more about the project.

Gods & Monsters: Mythological Poems is published Pan Macmillan and is available from, amongst others, panmacmillan.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Published: 6 October 2023

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