Centre for Place Writing

Postgraduate Student Profiles

On this page, you will further information about recent and current postgraduate students whose work has focused on the relationship between writing and place.


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Jennie Bailey

‘For Rochdale: Reading, Mapping, and Writing Place in the Era of the Northern Powerhouse’ (2014-18)

Interdisciplinary English Studies Studentship Award, Manchester Met Cheshire 

Jennie’s interdisciplinary, critical-creative work utilises approaches from the GeoHumanities — specifically literary geographical research and practice. Her thesis offers new creative responses to Rochdale while exploring the borough’s (his) stories, geographies, and cartographic and literary representations. Her research interests include: place writing praxis; urban studies; folklore and mythologies of place; critical and creative cartographies; practice-as-research; imaginative writing; and interrogating the somewhat fractious relationship between how place is made in the imagination and how it is portrayed in regeneration projects


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Natalie Burdett

Natalie Burdett, 'Writing the West Midlands: A GeoHumanities Approach to the Poetry of Place' (2016-)

How does creative-critical practice open up new ways to imagine and understand the complex geographies of the urban West Midlands? Natalie's research will: produce a substantial body of original poems drawn from field-work; review post-1960 West Midlands place poetry; examine the creative approaches used to highlight geographical themes; and expand regional knowledge and understanding, using existing spatial theories and auto-ethnography. 


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Richard Skelton

‘North of Here: Past Imaginative Geographies of the North-West’ (2017-)

Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarship

Richard is writing about the north-west of England during the Late-Glacial period, c. 15-10 kya, as perceived by the first peoples who returned following the retreat of the ice. He is specifically interested in their magico-religious beliefs and practices, as well as their attitudes towards the natural environment, its plants and animals.


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Anna Turner

‘Taking the Reader into the Woods: Walking in Woodland & the Writing of Fiction’

Anna’s PhD will explore the connection between walking, creative process and fiction with a focus on creative practice as a research method. The project will be structured around a series of intellectual, practical and creative explorations of woodland environments, in the hope that a symbiotic relationship will become apparent as these strands support and inform each other. Hence, the walks will form part of the generative process and guide both the creative work and the literary study, all of which will feed into the finished novel and thesis.

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