I am currently C-CRI PhD scholar in Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh where I am supervised by Dr Rosie Stenhouse and Dr Amy Chandler.
The Poetry and Multiple Sclerosis Study
In 2003, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and it is my experience of living with, and talking about, MS which prompted my PhD research. I devised the Poetry and Multiple Sclerosis Study to explore how poetry written by people living with MS might affect or enhance our conversations about the condition.
Find out more about the PaMS Study by watching the film below or on the Poetry and Multiple Sclerosis website.
- Using poetry to research and articulate lived experience of multiple sclerosis.
- Problematizing power dynamics between patients and research teams.
- The possibilities of poetic inquiry in qualitative research to represent fractured narratives.
- The possibilities of poetry to communicate qualitative research findings.
- Poetry as a collaborative and participatory act.
- The im/possibility of language to construct and communicate identity.
- Disability studies and activism.
‘It sounds messy. It sounds MSsy: poetic inquiry as a methodology for exploring lived experience of multiple sclerosis.’
The Honest Ulsterman (2019)
Previous research interests
- Presentations of trauma in the poetry of Sharon Olds and Kevin Powers.
- The theme of time in TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ and David Jones’s ‘In Parenthesis’.