Emma Young is a PhD candidate based at the University of Lincoln in the School of Humanities. Prior to this she completed her Masters degree in Modern Literature at the University of Leicester. Emma’s primary research interest pertains to Contemporary Women’s Writing and the short story genre with her research specialisms including gender and sexuality and feminist theory. Broader interests stemming from this research are related to the short story and recent innovations in digital publishing and how these platforms are revolutionising the public’s engagement with the form. Alongside her research, within her teaching of undergraduate students Emma utilises digital platforms such as Twitter to provide a variety of mediums to promote students’ teaching and learning.
Claire O’Callaghan recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leicester. Her doctoral thesis focused on feminisms and queer theories in the novels of contemporary author, Sarah Waters. In addition to her research specialism on Waters, Claire’s research interests centre on historical fiction and particularly neo-Victorian writings, gender and sexual histories and cultural theories, contemporary women’s writings, and the gothic. Claire has led two AHRC funded projects; a development award for the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network and a public engagement project in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Claire is a member of the Journal of Gender Studies editorial board and is on the executive of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association.
Alex Pryce is reading for an AHRC-funded DPhil in English at the University of Oxford. Her thesis research looks at tradition and feminism in contemporary Northern Irish women’s poetry, particularly focusing on women writers emerging since the mid-1990s. She began this research after completing an AHRC-funded MA in Modern Literature with distinction at the University of Leicester. She has worked in the Arts for several years, taking responsibility for social media, podcasting, website development and marketing for poetry organisations including Poetry London, the Poetry Archive and PoetCasting. She was a graduate ambassador for the University of Oxford’s online educational resources project for literary studies, Great Writers Inspire.