Andrew O’Hagan

Professor Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968 and grew up in Ayrshire.

His first book, The Missing, was named ‘an international book of the year’ in The Times Literary Supplement.  It was short-listed for the Esquire Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Writer of the Year Award.  A chapter was adapted for television, “Calling Bible John”, which was nominated for a BAFTA award.

Professor O’Hagan’s first novel, Our Fathers, was published by Faber in 1999 and was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and won the Winifred Holtby Prize for Fiction.  His second novel, Personality, was published in 2003 and won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize.  In the same year Andrew was named as one of Granta’s ‘Best of the Young British Novelists’.  His third novel, Be Near Me, was published by Faber in August 2006.  It won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction and was adapted for the stage by Ian McDiarmid and produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2009, directed by John Tiffany.  His collection of essays, The Atlantic Ocean, was published in June 2008.  His fourth novel, The Life and Opinions of Mag the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, was published in 2010.

Professor O’Hagan has also been awarded the EM Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His play The Missing opened at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow during the autumn of 2011.  He was also a member of the Jury for the 2011 London Film Festival.

Carrie Bell

Carrie completed her MA in English at Warwick University in September, culminating in a dissertation on natural science and the New Woman writers. Her article is inspired by an essay submitted for an MA module and intersects with the emergent study of photography as a cultural phenomenon in the Victorian period. Her research interests are principally gender and visual culture in nineteenth-century literature and she eagerly anticipates starting her PhD thesis on the fin de siècle female aesthetes this autumn.

Octavia Cox

Octavia has completed a joint honours Undergraduate Masters in Philosophy and English at the University of St. Andrews, a Postgraduate Diploma in English Literature at the University of Warwick, and a Masters in Romantic and Victorian Literary Studies at the University of Durham. She is currently in her first year of doctoral study at the University of Oxford, looking at Keats and his relationship with Augustan and Metaphysical poetry.

Melissa Dickson

Melissa is entering her second year of a PhD at King’s College London on the Arabian Nights in early nineteenth-century Britain. She has a BA with first class honours and an MPhil in English Literature from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she was awarded a University Medal in 2006. She is particularly interested in seriality and concepts of time, theatre studies, adaptation studies, constructions of the Orient, children’s literature, and translation theories. Melissa is the winner of the inaugural King’s College London Graduate English Prize.

Rachele Dini

Rachele is a PhD student at UCL, where she is writing a thesis on representations of urban waste, 1850-present. She has published articles related to her thesis with Stet (Sept 2010) and with the Urban and Extra-Urban Studies journal Spaces and Flows (forthcoming), and has spoken at conferences on Modernism, Postmodernism, and urban studies at King’s College London, East Anglia, Oxford and Cambridge. She also recently started a ficto-critical blog,, where she is attempting to write an ‘autobiografictional’ novel in blog posts.

Sasha Garwood

Sasha has studied at Oxford and UCL, where she’s currently completing a PhD entitled ‘The Skull Beneath the Skin: women and self-starvation in early modern English culture’.

Phoebe Phillips

Pheobe studied for her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds and Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich, where she specialised in Postcolonial literature. These years fostered her academic interests in cartographies of the body, sex, diaspora and cultural conflictions, whilst introducing her to a range of psychoanalytical theory. She is currently an MA student King’s College London; her final dissertation is entitled ‘The role of sex in the concept of home: Ian McEwan and Hanif Kureishi’. She hopes to continue researching and writing at PhD level.

Emma Poltrack

Emma is a research student at the University of Warwick, studying the Propeller Theatre Company under the supervision of Carol Chillington Rutter. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History and Cinema from New York University and her M.A. in Shakespeare, Straford-upon-Avon and the Cultural History of Renaissance England from The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. This article originally appeared as a chapter in her M.A. thesis, ‘”How apt is a drunkard now to reel to the devil!”: Alcohol as a Tool of Witchcraft on the Early Modern Stage’.

Eleanor Spencer

Eleanor is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Durham, UK. She is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of English at Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year, funded by a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship. Eleanor was awarded a First Class Honours BA in English Literature in 2007 and an MA with Distinction in Studies in Poetry in 2008, both at the University of Durham. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on tradition, inheritance, and influence in the work of the Anglo-American poet Anne Stevenson. Her wider research interests include twentieth-century British and American poetry; contemporary elegy; and the relationship between literacy and well-being. She is the recipient of an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Research Preparation Masters Award (2007-2008) and an AHRC Doctoral Award (2008-2011). Eleanor has had articles and essays published nationally and internationally, and is a regular reviewer for several UK publications, including PN Review and Notes and Queries.

Danielle Yardy

Danielle is an AHRC funded postgraduate student at Keble College, Oxford University, studying for an M.St. in English, 1550-1700. Her primary interests are the intersection of continental and English discourses concerning witchcraft, and the promulgation of European demonology in English sermon literature.

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