Tricia Connell's academic background is in English literature and language, and education. Her doctoral research was on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy. Her current research interests are in twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, gender and feminism and in intersections between critical and creative writing.
Tricia teaches a variety of modules that address: creativity in women's writing (Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Carol Ann Duffy, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Jackie Kay, Virginia Woolf); poetry in and as performance (Patience Agbabe, Malika Booker and Jean Binta Breeze); women poets uses of the lyric and dramatic monologue (Carol Ann Duffy, U.A. Fanthorpe, Gillian Hanscombe, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Suniti Namjoshi, Grace Nichols and Sylvia Plath); postcolonial literature (Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Grace Nichols, Flora Nwapa, Monique Roffey, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Sam Selvon, Wole Soyinka); and identity, narrative geographies and historical fictions in the contemporary novel (Pat Barker, Andrew Hollinghurst, Hanif Kureishi, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan and Sarah Waters).
In recent years, Tricia has been responsible for poetry perfomances and readings at Worcester by poets Patience Agbabi, Malika Booker, U.A Fanthorpe, Gillian Hanscombe and Suniti Namjoshi, among many others. She is a committed teacher intent on bringing innovative approaches to her work with students; she is currently researching students use of learning journals, and undergraduate teaching and the use of critical reflection in student self-assessment.