Shahd Alshammari is Assistant Professor of English Literature. She has authored an academic monograph 'Literary Madness' (2016) and a collection of stories 'Notes on the Flesh' which addresses disability and love in contemporary Arab societies. Her resarch includes Arab women's writing, memoir, disability and illness narratives. Gender and sexuality Studies, contemporary women's writing, Medical Humanities.
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I received my doctoral degree in post-1900 American Literature in 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with specialties in Latino/a and African American literature. In addition to these specialty areas, my research and teaching interests include Multi-ethnic and women's literature, and the literature of exile and migration.
I have been publishing in the field of contemporary women’s writing since 1991. I have a particular interest in the fields of the literary fantastic, the Gothic and the ghost story, but also on the ways in which literature in these fields engages with metaphors of climate change and coastal recession. Most recently I have been working especially closely on the work of Kate Mosse and Susan Hill.
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Zeynep Z. Atayurt-Fenge received her MA degree in Twentieth Century Literature in 2003 at the University of Leeds where she went on to do a PhD in English, finishing in 2008. She is currently working as a lecturer at the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Ankara. She has written various reviews and essays on 20th century Anglophone literature and cultures, with a specific focus on the representations of gender and embodiment, and translated several literary works into Turkish, including a translation of Angela Carter’s “The Loves of Lady Purple”.
Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University. My research interests include feminist mythopoeia in contemporary fiction, realism and anachronism in historical fiction, and the role of creative writing in constructing historical narratives. My current projects include a monograph on the fiction of A. S. Byatt, and a creative-critical project on literary understandings of English Catholicism in the North of England. I am Secretary of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association.
PhD in Comparative Literature (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, 2000). Has worked in the PPG-Letras of the Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPel, Brazil) and nowadays is a research professor of the PPG-Mestrado and Doutorado in History of Literature in the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG, Brazil). Belongs to the Editorial Board of literary journals, such as Artexto and Cadernos Literários (FURG), Cerrados (UnB), Linguagem e Ensino (UCPel) and to the consulting board of Interdisciplinar (UFS) e Anuário de Literatura (UFSC). Guided Master´s dissertations and Doctoral theses. Publication: O Künstlerroman de autoria feminina: a poética da artista em Atwood, Tyler, Piñon e Valenzuela (FURG, 2003) and has many scientific articles published. Research interests: themes related to female authorship, gender, discourse and social relations, Brazilian and English languages literatures, comparative literature and literary feminist criticism.
Dr Claudia Capancioni is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for English at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln (UK), where she teaches literary theory, women’s writing, and food studies. The contribution of women to literatures in English is her passion. She specialises in fictional, auto/biographical and travel writing, intergenerational intertextuality, adaptation, gender and transgender studies. She has also published on detective fiction and Anglo-Italian literary and cultural connections from the Risorgimento to the Resistance and the present day (2012, 2007), Victorian women travel writers (2014, 2013, 2009), Joyce Salvadori Lussu (2012, 2011, 2006), and Janet Ross (2014, 2017, 2018). Her publications include translations into English of Italian literary texts (2015, 2009, 2005).
Ginette Carpenter is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research interests are broadly focused upon discourses of gender, reading, space and history as articulated in contemporary women’s writing and film.
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Rachel Carroll is Reader in English at Teesside University, UK. She is the author of Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and editor of Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities (Continuum, 2009) and Litpop: Writing and Popular Music (with Adam Hansen, Ashgate, 2014). Her research has been published in journals including Adaptation (2014), Contemporary Women’s Writing, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Gender Studies, Textual Practice and Women: a cultural review.
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Maria Luisa Coelho is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford/ Universidade do Minho, and is developing a project entitled Portuguese Artists and Writers in Britain (1950-1986): Cultural Networks and Identities in Transit (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia grant). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature; her thesis focused on representations of the female body and women’s experiences by Portuguese and English women writers and artists. Her recent publications include “Woman-Body-Paint: Helena Almeida and the Visual Inscription of Sexual Difference,” in Luso-Brazilian Review, 57:1, 55-77, and “Portuguese Artists and Writers in London (1950-1986): Cultural Networks and Identities in Transit,” in Ana Gabriela Macedo, et al (eds.), Outros Mapas: Linguagem, Migração, Diáspora, XVII Colóquio de Outono (Braga: Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho), 143-54. She has also recently curated the exhibition “Identities in Transit: Portuguese Women Artists since 1950 (University of Oxford, 10-24 March 2017).
Amy Crawford is an early career researcher interested in contemporary women's writing. Originally from the US, she holds a Master of Liberal Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado; a Master of Christian Studiesfrom Regent College in Vancouver, BC; and a Master of Letters in Women, Writing and Gender at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She completed a PhD on Feminist Revision of Narratives with particular interest in Margaret Atwood, Michèle Roberts, Ursula Le Guin, and Angela Carter. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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Dr Nicola Darwood is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. Her research interests include the work of Elizabeth Bowen and Stella Benson, children’s fiction, Anglo-Irish literature and the Gothic. She has published work on Elizabeth Bowen (her monograph The Loss of Innocence: the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen was published in 2012) and has presented her work on Bowen, Benson and children’s fiction at a number of international conferences. She currently teaches courses on modern Irish Literature, the Gothic and Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature.
I am Head of English and Creative Writing at Newman University, Birmingham. I am the author of Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction: Passionate Puppets (2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and Neo-Victorian Freakery: The Cultural Afterlife of the Victorian Freak Show (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture (with Claire O’Callaghan, 2016, I.B.Tauris) and Comedy and the Politics of Representation: Mocking the Weak? (with Sarah Ilott, forthcoming 2018, Palgrave Macmillan). I have published widely in the area of neo-Victorianism, gender, sexuality, and disability. I am currently working on a monograph on representations of Down syndrome in literature and culture, and a book on neo-Victorianism and disability. I am the CWWA’s conference officer, and on the editorial board of Journal of Gender Studies.
Dr. B. Domínguez García works as a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Huelva where she is currently teaching women’s writing and critical theory. Her research interests include generic fiction, women’s writing and popular culture. She researches these topics within feminist criticism and is currently participating in a funded research project entitled “Bodies in Transit 2” (ref. FFI2017-84555-C2-1-P) which continues the research of the first instalment, “Cuerpos en Tránsito—Bodies in Transit” (Research Project FFI2013-47789-C2-1-P). Her publications include a monograph on the uses of fairy tales in contemporary women’s writing (Hadas y brujas en la literatura contemporánea en lengua inglesa, 1999), some co-editions on the intersection of gender in issues such as globalization or citizenship (Literature, Gender, Space, 2004; Género, Identidad, Ciudadanía, 2011; and Experiencing Gender, 2015) and a contribution in the special issue of the RCEI published in 2016, “Trafficking in Popular Culture: Sexual and Gender Abuse in Morel’s Taken and Atkinson’s One Good Turn.” She has also contributed on issues about feminism and popular culture and has participated in both international and national conferences about the same topics.
Mary Eagleton was Professor of Contemporary Women’s Writing at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She has published essays on over a dozen different contemporary women writers and is author of Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). She is interested also in feminist literary theory and literary history, evident in her edited collections – (with Emma Parker) The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970–Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader (3rd edition; Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); A Concise Companion to Feminist Theory (Blackwell, 2003); and Feminist Literary Criticism (Longman, 1991) – as well as other essays and chapters. Forthcoming are a chapter in Clare Hanson and Susan Watkins (eds), The History of British Women’s Writing, 1945-75 (Palgrave Macmillan) and a new monograph, Clever Girls and the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility (Palgrave Macmillan). Mary Eagleton was the founding Chair of CWWA and the founding co-editor of the Oxford University Press journal, Contemporary Women’s Writing.
Dr Caroline Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on the utopian imagination in contemporary literature, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and Western Marxism.
Barbara Franchi is Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on intertextuality in A. S. Byatt’s fiction. She is interested in neo-Victorian culture, contemporary historical fiction, critical theory and New Zealand literature.
A PhD researcher at Cardiff University, Marine Furet explores Angela Carter’s representation of, and dealings with material culture, objects, and history. She is interested in thing theory, and in literary representations of materiality, including skin and food, which she researched during her Master’s Degree at the University of Glasgow. Marine is the co-organiser of the Glasgow-based series of events Transatlantic Literary Women (January 2017 – Present), and is on the board of the student organisation Assuming Gender at Cardiff University. She has also published multiple reviews for the online publication Plays to See.
Calum Gardner is a poet, critic, editor of Zarf poetry magazine and works as Teaching Fellow in Drama and Poetry at the University of Leeds. Calum’s first book, Poetry & Barthes: Anglophone Responses 1970-2000, is forthcoming in 2018 from Liverpool University Press. Their current research focuses on catachresis, the rhetorical trope of deliberately using the ‘wrong’ words, and its application in poetry and political speech.
Judith Kegan Gardiner is Professor of English and of Gender and Women’s Studies, Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications on modern and contemporary women writers include the book Rhys, Stead, Lessing, and the Politics of Empathy and essays on Doris Lessing, Christina Stead, and Alison Bechdel. Her edited collection, Approaches to Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is forthcoming from the Modern Language Association. Her edited collections of critical essays, and over 100 essays and chapters, including essays on work. Other publications discuss seventeenth-century English literature, feminist theories, masculinity studies, popular culture, and pedagogy. She is a member of the editorial collective of the interdisciplinary journal Feminist Studies.
Sneja Gunew (FRSC) B.A. (Melbourne), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Newcastle, NSW) has taught in England, Australia and Canada. She has published widely on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist critical theory and is Professor Emerita of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was Director of the Centre for Research in Women's and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage) 2006-10. She has edited and co-edited four anthologies of Australian women's and multicultural writings: Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Constructand A Reader in Feminist Knowledge (Routledge 1990-91). Gunew edited (with Anna Yeatman) Feminism and the Politics of Difference (1993). Her books include Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies (1994) and Haunted Nations: The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms (Routledge 2004). Based in Canada since 1993, her current work is on comparative multiculturalisms and diasporic literatures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations. Her most recent book is titled: Post-Multicultural Writers as Neo-Cosmopolitan Mediators (Anthem 2017).
Jennifer Gustar is a university professor at UBC, where she teaches Contemporary British Literature, Postcolonial Britain and Women’s Literature. Her research focuses on women writers from the UK including Angela Carter, Bernardine Evaristo, Jeanette Winterson, Kamila Shamsie, Sarah Waters and Sarah Hall. Jennifer is the North American Reviews Editor for Contemporary Women’s Writing.
PhD in Humanities, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo; MA in English Literary Studies, London; Associate Professor, Fuji Women's University, Sappro; publications include '"So Much More Than Pretty": Body Modification and Boundary Transgression in Melvin Burgess's Sara's Face' (Jeunesse 4:2, 2012); areas of research are theories and representations of the body and recently also women's work-life balance in Western and Japanese 'mommy lit'.
My current research project is a study of genetics and the literary imagination, taking in writers including Lessing, Byatt, Drabble, Hoffman and Kay. Tracing the connections between popular science writing and literary fiction, this book maps the cross-disciplinary debates inspired by the gene-centrism of the Human Genome Project and the subsequent shift to a postgenomic biology.
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I am an Associate Professor at Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil). I teach at the undergraduate (North-American literature) and graduate (Literatures of the English Language) levels. The title of current my research project (grant funded) is “Nomadic Subjectivities, translocal perspectives: women’s production of contemporary literature written in the English languages”. Main research areas: literatures of the English language, comparative literature, contemporary literature produced by women, gender studies, cultural studies. I have published several articles (in academic journals) and chapters. I have also organized many books.
My work focuses on gender and sexuality in Victorian to contemporary literature, with particular emphasis on contemporary women’s writing and neo-Victorianism; the New Woman and Victorian/Edwardian feminism; turn-of-the-century gender discourse. I have published three monographs on the New Woman (New Woman Fiction: Women Writing First-Wave Feminism, 2000; New Woman Strategies: Sarah Grand, Olive Schreiner, Mona Caird, 2004) and neo-Victorianism (Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the 21st Century, 2010, with Mark Llewellyn). My most recent monograph (due out in early 2018) brings my interest in Victorian and contemporary gender and neo-Victorianism together: Neo-/Victorian Biographilia and James Miranda Barry: A Study in Transgender and Transgenre. I am the general editor of Routledge’s ‘History of Feminism’ and ‘Gender and Genre’ series and have (co-)edited four essay collections (including, with Llewellyn, on Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2007), a scholarly edition (on George Moore) and four anthologies on late-Victorian and Edwardian source materials on feminism and anti-feminism.
I am currently completing two book-length projects: one on Australian postfeminism, including a chapter on Australian chick lit, and another on a study of Kathy Acker as punk feminist writer.
Author of two crime novels for adults (In Too Deep, This Little Piggy, both published by Legend Press. Author of middle-grade novel The Serpent House, shortlisted for Times/Chicken House award and written as part of Creative Writing PhD. Published by Curious Fox. Children’s novel for reluctant readers, My Cousin Faustina, originally written as interactive e-book in conjunction with school pupils worldwide. Novel for readers 13-plus, The Misper, published by The Conrad Press. Teaches journalism at Leeds Beckett University and programme leader for creative writing at the Open College of the Arts.
I am a PhD candidate in English at University of Southampton and also teach contemporary women’s writing. My research looks into the mothering narrative in contemporary women’s writing, with a particular focus on the memoir form.
Hope Jennings received a B.A. from C.U.N.Y. Hunter College (2002) and a Ph.D. in English from The University of St. Andrews (2007). She is an Associate Professor of English at Wright State University, where she also served as the Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2012-2017). She teaches contemporary British literature, genre studies, women’s writing, and feminist theory. Publications include an experimental literary biopic of the modernist poet Mina Loy, Nostalgia (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2015); critical essays appearing in Margaret Atwood Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Michigan Feminist Studies, Angela Carter: New Critical Readings; and a forthcoming article on Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Currently, her research interests are focused on contemporary apocalyptic literature, feminist new materialisms, and eco-critical interventions in Anthropocene discourses, which she is developing into a monograph, Anthropocene Storytelling: Contemporary Eco-Apocalyptic Fiction and Posthuman Futures.
l am an Emerita Professor at Anglia Ruskin University and continue to research to supervise Ph.D students which l enjoy. l have a particular interest in Elizabeth Taylor and Sylvia Townsend Warner. l have worked on many areas of Victorian and twentieth century writing including the literature of suffrage, inter-war writing, autobiography, working-class women’s writing, and contemporary women’s writing.
Carole Jones is Lecturer in English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh with research interests in contemporary Scottish fiction, Scottish women’s writing, representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary culture, queering fictions.
My main research interests lie with contemporary women writers, especially Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Hannah Kent. My theoretical fields of interest are feminism and psychoanalysis, the body, dystopia and historical fiction and I would welcome the opportunity to supervise students whose research interest also falls into the above areas.
I just had my article entitled ‘Space, Time and the Female Body: Homer’s Penelope in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (2005)’ published in the academic journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (February 2018). I am currently conducting research for a conference paper on Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites (2013). I plan to give this conference paper to the 'Writing Wrongs' 2018 Contemporary Women's Writing Conference (September 20-21st).
Lisa Matthews is a published poet, practice-led researcher and collaborative artist based on the north east coast of England. Interests include: prose poetry; the work of UK poet Selima Hill (1945 –) ; sequential poetics in poetry and collaborative contexts; poetic biography, eco-enviro poetics and the life and works of US biologist Rachel Carson (1907-64). Lisa is currently one half of the digital agency Literal Fish and major projects include A Year in Beadnell and continued innovation with the Northern Poetry Library. Lisa has held a variety of teaching and research positions in UK HEIs during a 20-year portfolio career as a lecturer/tutor, freelance writer, literary programmer and CPD mentor. Currently in the final year of a doctorate at Northumbria University, her fourth poetry collection, Callisto will be published in the UK (Red Squirrel Press) in 2018 and her post-doctoral research will focus on two new books about Hill and Carson.
I am a graduate of Teesside University and received first class honours in my BA in English studies. My undergraduate dissertation focused on the evolution of women in Gothic vampire fiction, primarily in Dracula and Interview with the Vampire. I am currently studying an MA in English at Teesside, and my postgraduate dissertation with centre around technology’s impact on reproduction and gender roles in dystopian science fiction. Other research interests include post-humanism and Romantic and Victorian fiction. My previous employment includes working with children and young people with Autism and lesson planning for one-to-one educational placements. I currently work at Stockton Riverside College as a Higher Education Work Experience Coordinator where I source high quality placements and also assess and observe trainee Teaching Assistants. I plan on studying a PGCE in September 2018, and then will hopefully commence a PhD in 2019.
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Dr Kerry Myler is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Programme Leader for English Literature at Newman University, Birmingham in the UK. She is an executive committee member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and a volume editor for the Literary Encyclopedia. She has published on Doris Lessing; television book clubs; sex censorship and post-war women’s writing; and food and duty in the 1960s women’s novel. Her research interests include post-war and contemporary women’s writing; women’s bodies and sexuality in literature and popular culture; women and mental illness in literature. http://kerrymyler.weebly.com/
Prof Ikoma received her doctorate from Durham University, and has been teaching at International Christian University, a bilingual liberal-arts college in Tokyo, since. Her expertise covers contemporary British Literature and modern Japanese Literature with special emphasis on the works of Angela Carter. She is interested in the representation of bodies, grotesque, monstrosity, and the feminists theories and gender studies.
Innovative poetry and poetics, postmodern theory, contemporary women’s poetry, hybrid literatures, literature and philosophy, libretto, critical theory, film theory, performative space, translation, practice-based research in interdisciplinary contexts, the avant-garde, situationist theory and psychogeography, Ancient Greek tragedy and mythology. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/research-students/view/221397-oconnor-wanda
After teaching in the English Dept at Warwick University, while helping to initiate the Women’s Studies MA, I taught part-time at Birkbeck College, London University. I now teach part-time for City Lit College, London. I work in the field of contemporary queer (LGBTQ) studies, and my two recently published books focus primarily on Gothic texts. I’ve published five books to date, including Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Narrative Practice and Feminist Theory (Harvester Wheatsheaf,1989); Contemporary Lesbian Writing: Dreams, Desire, Difference (Open University Press, 1993); Lesbian Gothic: Transgressive Fictions (Cassell,1999) ; The Queer Uncanny: New Perspectives on the Gothic (UWP, 2012); Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970-2012 (Palgrave,2016). I’m a trustee of Encompass, the Cambridge based organization that seeks to promote a better quality of life for LGBTQ people living in the Cambs area.
Mara Reisman is an associate professor of British literature and women’s literature at Northern Arizona University. She has published articles on Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson, Stella Gibbons, Charlotte Brontë, Jennifer Johnston, Joan Schenkar, and Patrick McGrath and has guest edited a special issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory on contemporary British women writers. She is currently working on a book-length project on moral ambiguity in contemporary British fiction.
Katsura’s current research focuses on ageing and dementia in literary and cultural narratives in English, Japanese and other languages.
I am completing a book entitled The Book of Old Ladies in which I introduce 30 novels and short stories by contemporary women in which the protagonist is a “woman of a certain age.”
Elisa Serna-Martínez, PhD. from the Universidad de Granada (Spain), is an accomplished translator and currently an Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), where she teaches North American Literature. She holds the 2017 Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Essay Prize. Her research interests coverCaribbean and American literatures of the African diaspora, with a focus on women studies.
She has participated in seminars and conferences worldwide and has published her research in journals such as ATLANTIS, The Caribbean Writer and Contemporary Women’s Writing. She is currently working on a bilingual critical edition of Opal Palmer Adisa, with her own translations into Spanish.
Sabine Sharp is a second-year candidate for a PhD in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Their research maps the emergence of trans as a category through feminist science fiction film and literature, predominantly from the 1970s onwards. They were recently awarded the 2018 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize, for an essay on Asian Canadian science fiction and ideas of monstrosity. Other research interests include: utopian/dystopian literature and theory, queer/feminist futurity, postcolonial and Afrofuturist science fiction, 1970s feminisms, feminist critiques of science, and contemporary German cinema.
I am currently writing a book post-war experimental writing; Brigid Brophy, Christine Brooke-Rose, Anna Kavan, Ann Quin and Eva Figes. I have also published books and articles on modern and contemporary literature and on modernism and race.
Fiona Tolan is Senior Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She specialises in contemporary women’s writing, particularly British and Canadian fiction, and has published articles on Zadie Smith, Alice Munro, Kate Atkinson, Carol Shields and Pat Barker, among others. She is author of Margaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction (2007) and editor of Writers Talk: Conversations with Contemporary British Novelists (2008) and Teaching Gender (2012). She recently edited a special issue on Margaret Atwood for Contemporary Women’s Writing (2017) and is currently writing The Fiction of Margaret Atwood (2019). Her current research examines representations of cleaning and housework in post-war women’s writing.
Maggie Tonkin is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Her book, Angela Carter and Decadence: Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques was published by Palgrave in 2012, and she has published widely on Carter and contemporary fiction. She is currently researching the literary and wider cultural impact of existential psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Her other research interest is in dance: her history of Australia’s oldest contemporary dance company, FIFTY: Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre, was published by Wakefield Press in 2016, and she is now researching the creative process of Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard through a National Library of Australia Fellowship.