Francesca Brooks

Francesca is currently studying for an MA in Medieval English Literature at King’s College London and studied her BA in English Literature at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the transitional relationship between orality and literacy, technologies of reading and writing, and material textuality and performativity, in the developing vernacular literatures of medieval Britain.  Francesca worked for two years as a freelance art writer and in Arts PR for contemporary art galleries in London.

Rebecca Warren-Heys

Rebecca recently obtained her doctorate on memory in Shakespeare’s second tetralogy, which she completed at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of Professor Kiernan Ryan. She has been an Assistant Lecturer for the School of English at the University of Kent, teaching modules on Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama.

Chisomo Kalinga

Chisomo is a fourth year doctoral student at King’s College London. Her postgraduate dissertation analysed literary narratives produced by Malawian authors and New York City-based gay writers in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic between 1981 and 2000.  Chisomo was previously educated at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (B.A. Hons. 2003) and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA (Ma. 2005).

Rachel Darling

Rachel has recently completed her PhD thesis on the novelist as a fictional character in the twentieth-century British and Irish Novel. Her key research interest is in the field of authorship studies relating to autobiographical self-representation, metafictional and other postmodern narrative devices, as well as the social construction of authorship. She holds an MA from Queen Mary, University of London and a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

R A Knighton

Rachel is currently in the first year of her PhD researching African prison-writing at the University of Cambridge. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Related Literature at the University of York in 2012; she then studied for the MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.

Heather McConnell

Heather is a recent graduate from the Women’s Studies MSt program at Oxford University and a former high school English teacher. She is interested in theories of negativity, failure, and queer temporalities. Her work examines the potential of negativity, passivity, and backwardness to inform perceptions of marginalized groups.

Nicola Borasinski

Nicola is currently finishing her final year as a Postgraduate student at Queen Mary, University of London. She completed her undergraduate degree at the same institution before pursuing a Masters in English. Her research interests focus on the role of the child in children’s literature, as well as the body of the text in children’s literature. She has also recently researched the role of trauma in texts concerning the Holocaust.

Oliver Paynel

Oliver is currently studying towards an MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory at King’s College London, having gained an undergraduate degree with first class honours in English Literature from the University of Sussex. Oliver is currently interested in historical consciousness, contemporary fiction, new realism, psychoanalysis and Marxist literary and cultural theory.


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