Samantha Walton

Membership:  2018/2019

Member Bio

Samantha Walton is a reader in modern British literature at Bath Spa University. Her research explores the intersection of mental health and ecology. In 2016 she held an environmental humanities research fellowship at IASH, University of Edinburgh, working on the writing of Scottish author Nan Shepherd. Samantha was funded by the British Academy in 2015–2017 for the project Landscaping Change, which explored environmental change through creative practice. She was also funded by the AHRC through their ECR Leadership Fellowship scheme for the project Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing (2016–2018). Samantha coedits the ASLE-UKI journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism and the poetry publisher Sad Press. Her academic publications include Guilty But Insane: Mind and Law in Golden Age Detective Fiction (OUP: 2015) and The Living World: Nan Shepherd and Environmental Thought (Punctum, 2019). In 2018, she published her first poetry collection, Self Heal, from Boiler House Press.


  • “Feminism and the Anthropocene.” In New Feminist Studies, edited by J. Cooke. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • “The Materiality and Corporeality of Work in the Poetry of Rita Wong.” In Working Late: Work in Anglophone Poetry, 1960–2015, edited by E. Luker and J. Walton. London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019.
  • Self Heal, Norwich: Boiler House Press, 2018.
  • “Teaching Ecological Crime Fiction.” In Studies in Green: Teaching Ecological Crime Fiction, edited by C. Beyer, 115–30. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • “Landscaping Change Exploring the Transformation, Reconstitution and Disruption of Environments through the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.” In Where We Live Now: Perspectives on Place and Policy, A British Academy Policy Report, 52–55. London: The British Academy, 2017.
  • Guilty But Insane: Mind and Law in Golden Age Detective Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.