Zoe Bulaitis: University of Exeter

Zoe Bulaitis is a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter working in the field of Literary Criticism and Theory, where she also has a BA and MA in English Literature with a specialism in Criticism and Theory. Her PhD thesis focuses on Higher Education Policy and the Humanities, understanding 'Value' in the Neo-Liberal Market, and the history of the discipline of English Literature in Britain, by focusing on the critical writings of Matthew Arnold, alongside contemporary thinkers on education such as Martha Nussbaum and Stefan Collini. Aside from her PhD, Zoe works part time at the University of Exeter Arts and Culture Department where she is developing a public arts programme from within the University. This project has helped to inform her opinions on the values of a humanistic education (For more details see www.artsandcultureexeter.co.uk). Zoe’s other research interests include the representation of the academic or educator in popular culture and she bridges her own research with popular culture in her blog (http://zoebulaitis.blogspot.co.uk). As we go to press, she is currently travelling the world while teaching World Literature to undergraduates on board a ship as part of The Semester at Sea programme sponsored by the University of Virginia (http://www.semesteratsea.org).

Ann Loveridge: Canterbury Christ Church University

Ann Loveridge is a PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University exploring the interface between late-Victorian experimental science and literature. Her thesis is titled The Neglected Fiction of the Victorian Vivisection Controversy 1876-1913 and her research interests primarily concern the dialogue between literature and science in the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.  Ann’s thesis focuses on the portrayal of the vivisector by literary writers, the use of scientific images and the role of the vivisector as a metaphor for different concerns.

Daniel Shelley-Smith: Aberystwyth University

Daniel Shelley-Smith is a PhD Candidate at Aberystwyth University, where he previously completed his BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, and an MA in Creative Writing. He is currently completing his thesis – a hybrid of poetry, commentary, and theory – on the subject of physics and poetry.  Daniel describes himself as a conceptual poet. He is interested in the way written language behaves, and in experimenting with ways of constructing poetry as both a visual and linguistic system. Several of his poems have appeared in the student anthologies: The Lunar Attic, Flux, and Seafret. Daniel regularly presents his work at Aberystwyth Univiersity’s annual Postgraduate Conference, hosted by the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Georgie Lorimer: Aberystwyth University

Georgie Lorimer is currently working on a practice based PhD at Aberystwyth University, exploring the musicality of language and the creation of a more musically aware poetry. This includes an explorative return to the performative techniques of epic and balladic traditions, alongside the stylistic endeavours of mediaeval Romances, rejuvenated through a contemporary view of poetry and heavily influenced by the arcing development of Western classical music. Prior to moving to Aberystwyth, he obtained a BA in Music and Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Bangor University supported by an AHRC studentship. He graduated from Bangor with Distinction in 2013 and was awarded a Danby Prize by the English department. Georgie’s recent research papers and essay titles include ‘“What is Truth?” - Capturing History, Creating Myth’, ‘Reading Sound’, and ‘Somewhere Beyond Literature: Words in Limbo - Composing Poetry as Music’. His poetry has previously appeared in the online magazine Cadaverine, and in The Coffee House. Within this academic year he has been part of a Ty Cerdd commission for Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival, creating the libretto and performing as the soloist for Mason’s ‘The First Dance’ from the a cappella ballet Pramantha, and has had several musical works premiered by Aberystwyth’s Elizabethan Madrigal Singers.

Mike Rose-Steel: University of Exeter

Mike Rose-Steel is currently battling an AHRC funded PhD on the subject of Wittgenstein, Poetry and the Inexpressible at the University of Exeter. Research interests include contemporary poetry, animal rights and consciousness, techniques of mysticism, philosophy of language, aesthetics as ethics and Wittgenstein. He teaches undergraduate creative writing and critical-theory modules, and runs reading groups on David Foster Wallace and Heidegger. He has lectured on Pseudo-Dionysius and the ineffable, the logic of jokes, and the dangers of poetry. Previous study has included MAs in Writing and Continental Philosophy, and a BA in philosophy (all undertaken at the University of Warwick). Mike’s poetry has been published by Heaventree Press, The Clearing and The Broadsheet. His submission in this issue of The Dovetail is his first venture into something more prose-like. With his writing collective ‘Exegesis’ Mike has produced installations, publications and a film, including Fifty-one Shades of Black and Blue, The Wittgenstein Vector, and a First World War centenary community writing project, The Long Goodbye.  His current projects include tweeting a modern English translation of the mediaeval French poem the Roman de la Rose with Tamsyn Rose-Steel at the Johns Hopkins Rose Digital Library (@RosDigLib  #roserom), an ekphrastic collaboration with poets Isabel Galleymore and Wan Wei Hsien, and a cross-disciplinary colloquium ‘Wiring Wittgenstein’, supported by the Bridging the Gaps fund. Mike lives in Cornwall, where it is often wet. He quite likes Wittgenstein.