Barbara Vrachnas | Modernism
Barbara is a Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh and an Associate Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and has taught extensively on all periods of English literature. She has published work on Ouida, gender roles, publishing, material games and fashion in mid-late Victorian literature and periodicals. Among other topics her research interests also include Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Margaret Oliphant, Lucas Malet, Vernon Lee, the Gothic, mythology and children’s literature.
Amy Bromley | Modernism
Amy Bromley has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. Her thesis focuses on the short fiction of Virginia Woolf, and examines the 1921 collection Monday or Tuesday as a literary sketchbook. She is the co-editor, with Elsa Högberg, of Sentencing Orlando: Virginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), which was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize in 2019. Amy is a contributor to The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism (ed. by Vassiliki Kolocotroni and Olga Taxidou, 2018), and has recently written a chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf (ed. by Anne E. Fernald, forthcoming). Since 2015, Amy has been a tutor on various undergraduate modules at the University of Glasgow, including Literature 1890-1945, Poetry and Poetics, The Novel and Narratology, and Comparative Literature. She has also tutored on Widening Participation programmes in secondary schools across the West of Scotland, and is co-convener of the Widening Participation English Literature Summer School at Glasgow. In 2021, Amy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Strathclyde and is currently about to embark on her induction year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
Dr Nick-e Melville | Creative Writing
nicky (nick-e) melville is a poet, creative writing teacher, musician, and occasional artist, with a PhD from the University of Glasgow. He has been grafting on and in the margins for over twenty years, developing a range of publications in a variety of forms and genres: found poetry and erasures, visual poetry, lyric experiment, conceptual and post-conceptual writing, and a badge. His work takes aim at and interrogates the imperatives of capitalism, politics and ideology. melville’s first book, selections and dissections (Otoliths Press, 2010) is a collection of visual poetry and his last book, ABBODIES COLD : SPECTRE (Sad Press, 2020), explores the neoliberal and fascist elements of Brexit through the lens of ABBA songs, aliens and James Bond. Decade of Cu ts, a selected poems covering ten years, is published by Blue Diode Press. He makes music as Fuck This.
Dr Carly Brown | Creative Writing
Dr Carly Brown is a writer and academic originally from Austin, Texas and now living in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of a bestselling children’s picture book, I Love St Andrews, and a debut poetry pamphlet. Her second poetry pamphlet, Anastasia, Look in the Mirror (Stewed Rhubarb Press), was released in 2020. Known for her lively and witty spoken word poetry, Carly has performed at Glastonbury Festival, StAnza Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. She was Scotland’s National Champion of Slam Poetry (2013) and she holds a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Website: carlyjbrown.com
Elliott Greene | Contemporary Literature
Elliott is currently working on a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on contemporary popular fantasy novels and the way authors both create and destabilise binary oppositions within the texts. He is interested in popular texts and fantasy more generally, and has written about everything from Tolkien to Murakami.
Originally from Ireland, Elliott completed his undergraduate degree in University College Dublin before moving to Edinburgh for an MSc. He has been teaching for over a year on a wide array of topics. If he did have any free time he would spend it reading or finally learning how to play the guitar!
Gina Gwenffrewi | Contemporary Literature
Gina Gwenffrewi (pronouns: she/her) is a researcher and tutor in English Literature and the interdisciplinary Queer Studies and Trans Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She recently graduated with a PhD in Trans Studies / English Literature in June 2021, with the thesis ‘Transgender Gaze, Neoliberal Haze: the impact of neoliberalism on trans female bodies in the Anglophone Global North.’ Her research interests include trans-exclusionary ideologies and the impact of media representations on trans bodies, and she is currently writing an academic paper on the JK Rowling furore of June 2020. More broadly, and happily, Gina is passionate about trans arts, and she blogs with particular joy during the Edinburgh Festival on her favourite acts.
Originally from Wales, Gina spent a fifteen-year career as a teacher and academic manager in several countries. Her lockdown hobby became playing the bass guitar (badly) to her favourite progressive rock songs.
Dorothy Lawrenson | Scottish Literature
Dorothy has recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, and she also has an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University and an MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh. Dorothy’s research centres on poetic form, and her doctoral thesis examined the relationship between form, context and tone in the work of W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and Louis MacNeice. She has been teaching English Literature, Scottish Literature and academic writing for a number of years, and has also worked as an editor, artist, designer and musician. Originally from Dundee, Dorothy is passionate about reading and writing poetry in English and Scots, and she is particularly interested in exploring the areas where Scottish literature overlaps with folk music and traditional culture.
Fiona Paterson | Scottish Literature
Fiona is currently working on a PhD in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis focusses on the idea of ‘world language’ in the work of modernist poet Hugh MacDiarmid, exploring how linguistic practises interact with and inform his cultural and political priorities (and vice versa). She is interested in the study of Scottish and international modernism more broadly, particularly in the post-WWI movement known as the Scottish Literary Revival and its collaboration of artists, writers and political figures.
Fiona has taught on the Scottish Literature courses at Glasgow and was on the editorial board for The Kelvingrove Review, Glasgow’s postgraduate review journal (2020-21). When not wrapped up in poetry you’ll find her by the coast (even on a cold day!), island hopping or pretending to know something about coffee.
Sofia Nakou | Theatre and Performance
Sofia Nakou is a theatre director and drama facilitator with years of experience in her field. As a director she has organised successful UK and European tours with devised and new writing productions. With an MSc on Theatre and Performance Studies from Edinburgh University, Sofia specialises in the theories of Theatre the Oppressed (trained under Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens) and Applied Theatre in challenging situations such as refugee camps and homeless communities.
Currently she is working towards a PhD at Edinburgh University on how Applied Theatre can be part of an interdisciplinary approach to the Asylum System in order to preserve asylum seekers’ personal narratives and mental health.