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Featuring photos and biographies of our current research students.

Catherine Coldstream

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Currently working on her memoir which reflects on her spiritual journey and the life of her father.

Catherine Coldstream is working on a memoir which combines reflections on her own spiritual journey with recollections of her father, the painter William Coldstream.

In it she explores the ways in which grief and memory can construct identity and influence the narratives that shape our lives.

She studied Theology at Oxford, and gained a Distinction in her MA in Creative Non-Fiction from UEA. She is interested in philosophy, religion, and the arts, and plays viola in a string quartet.

Edwina Bowen

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Writer and Executive Coach

Edwina Bowen was born in Dublin. Her first degree was a B.Comm with French at UCD, which led to a career in financial services in London. She now works part-time as an executive coach. She completed an M.Res in Creative Writing at Roehampton University, where she started working on the novel which forms the basis of her MPhil/PhD.

The creative element of her PhD thesis is a novel, a love story set in Dublin and London in the early nineties, which develops two inter-related themes: the role of trauma memory in the search for self, and how that is troubled by the mother-daughter relationship. The critical essay looks at Trauma Memory as Abject, examining these themes in her own work and that of selected contemporary female Irish writers.

Jenny Lewis

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Poet, playwright, translator

Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright and translator who teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her PhD subject has been a retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh from the more matriarchal viewpoint of its original, oral sources (Gilgamesh Retold, Carcanet Classics, 2018). Her dissertation, Translating Epic from an Unfamiliar Language, compares ‘scholarly’ versus ‘poetic’ approaches to translation from Gilgamesh and Homer to the present day. Jenny’s research won the 2016 Warden’s Award for Innovation in Public Engagement. Gilgamesh Retold was a New Statesman Book of the Year 2018 and was praised in the TLS for carrying on Angela Carter’s tradition of ‘disrupting male narratives.'

Antonia Chitty

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Accomplished business and health writer

Antonia Chitty trained as an optometrist and has written more than twenty books on business and health topics. After completing an MA in Critical and Creative Writing (Sussex) she has moved to Goldsmiths to work on a PhD in Creative Writing. She is writing a novel about sight loss and a critical paper which uses postcolonial theory to examine sight loss and the provision of aid.

Rosie Rowell

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Award-winning young adult author

Rosie Rowell started writing fiction after her children were born. She completed the MA in Creative Writing and Life Writing at Goldsmiths and has published two novels for young adults, both set in her native South Africa. Her first novel, Leopold Blue, won the Brandford Boase award in 2015.

She is currently working on a young adult novel set in London, a story about mental health, identity and love. Her research topic focusses on examples of children’s fiction that have represented mental health and ill-health; how literature can help children and young adults forge a deeper understanding of their internal reality and how this can support their mental health.