Steering Group

The PG CWWN is managed by a group of PhD candidates at a variety of institutions.

By its very nature as a postgraduate-led network, the Steering Group of the PG CWWN is a fluid and shifting team comprising a range of postgraduate researchers in both the early and latter stages of their doctoral study from institutions across the UK. It seeks to bring together a community of emerging scholars researching contemporary women’s writing.

The steering group is currently composed of:

Jessica Day – University of Lincoln

Jessica is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Lincoln through a fully-funded studentship award. Prior to this, Jessica graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from the University of Lincoln and then went on to complete a funded MA in 21st Century Literature. At the centre of Jessica’s thesis is the establishment of her theory of the ‘sex/topia’ – a new concept she has coined to describe a body of (twenty-first century) fictional work that intersects the libidinal economy of sexual pleasure with the utopian imaginary. Her critical interests lie with issues of feminism and cultural theory, as well as with debates surrounding the implications of pornography in the twenty-first century. Beyond the confines of her thesis, Jessica was also the founding-chair, and is now the current outreach coordinator, for the University of Lincoln’s Women in Academia: Doctoral Research Group.

You can follow her work on her Twitter page: @jessday26


Fiona Martinez – Sheffield Hallam University

Fiona is a fully-funded PhD candidate at Sheffield Hallam University researching the use of the romance genre by contemporary women writers Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson, and exploring the extent to which their use of the romance genre enables representations of authentic love, as defined by Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex (1949), as a feminist endeavour. She is the founder of the Post-Graduate Women in Academia group at Sheffield Hallam University and writes a WordPress blog on PhD life.



Krystina Osborne – Liverpool John Moores University

Krystina is a funded PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University’s Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Prior to this, she studied at LJMU for a BA in English, graduating with a First Class Honours degree, and for an MRes in Literature and Cultural History, achieving a Pass with Distinction. Krystina’s MRes thesis was entitled ‘“In the Service of Women”? Developments in Feminism and Female-Authored Erotic Fiction Since the Publication of Angela Carter’s The Sadeian Woman’ and focused on authors including Charlotte Roche and Sarah Hall. Her research interests in contemporary women’s erotic writing and theories of gender and sexuality are reflected in her recent progression to PhD level to conduct research into engagements with female masturbation in contemporary women’s writing and in wider culture.

You can follow Krystina’s work on Twitter @KrystinaOsborne.


Veronika Schuchter – Nottingham Trent University

Veronika is currently a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University. Her doctoral project investigates the ways in which contemporary women writers (Aritha van Herk, Ali and Zadie Smith, Nicole Brossard) and their texts engage with twenty-first century notions of travel while also re-working, experimenting and subverting the genre of the travel narrative. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. She is the treasurer of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) and steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN).

You can follow her work on her page or @VeronikaUK.


Former Steering Group Members:

Dr. Adele Jones 2006 – 2010 (Founding member)

Dr. Ginette Carpenter 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Dr. Katsura Sako 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Dr. Claire O’Callaghan 2008 –2013

Dr. Nadine Muller 2008 – 2011

Dr. Louise Sheridan 2008 – 2010

Dr. Kristin Ewins 2008 – 2009

Dr. Cleo Hanaway 2008 – 2009

Ms. Katy Gledhill 2008 – 2009

Ms. Fran Pollard 2009 – 2010

Dr. Amy Rushton 2009 – 2013

Ms. Theresa Jamieson 2010 – 2011

Dr. Alex Pryce 2010 – 2013

Dr. Cat McGurren 2011– 2013

Mr. James Bailey 2013

Dr. Emma Young 2011-2014

Ms. Laura Jane-Devanny 2013-2015

Ms. Joanne Ella Parsons 2014-2015

Ms. Emma Deeks 2014-2016