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:

Fiona Martinez – Sheffield Hallam University

Fiona is a fully-funded PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research uses Simone de Beauvoir’s theory of authentic love, as outlined in The Second Sex (1949), to explore contemporary women writers’ representations of romantic love as a feminist endeavour. Examining the work of Ali and Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson she explores the ways in which they have constructed illustrations of authentic love in their literature and the extent to which these examples of authentic love aid a feminist re-working of romantic relationships in fiction. She is the founder of the Post-Graduate Women in Academia group at Sheffield Hallam University and writes a WordPress blog on PhD life.


Emma Parker – University of Leeds

Emma Parker is a PhD student at the University of Leeds whose research focuses on colonial and postcolonial women’s life-writing, including authors such as Penelope Lively, Doris Lessing and Janet Frame. Her broader interests include contemporary literature, graphic narratives and twentieth-century visual culture. She is the co-director of the seminar group Quilting Points, and works as a research assistant on the AHRC-funded project ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’. She holds a BA in English from Queen Mary, University of London, an M.St in English Literature (1900-Present) from the University of Oxford and her doctoral research is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (AHRC).

You can follow Emmas’s work on Twitter @MsEmmaParker.

Isabelle Coy-Dibley – University of Westminster

Isabelle Coy-Dibley is a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster, researching the relationship between corporeal memory and sexual forms of touch in women’s experimental writing, particularly focusing on the authors Marguerite Duras, Anaïs Nin, and Kathy Acker. Her interdisciplinary approach engages with research in theories of gender, sexuality and intimacy, memory studies, corporeal feminism and queer theory. Her thesis aims to question how touch triggers memory, how bodily memory can change the way in which the female body experiences touch, and how the female body is inscribed with sexual touch in these forms of writing. She received a First Class Honours in BA Hons English Literature (University of Westminster, 2012), an MA in English: 1850-Present (King’s College London, 2013) and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Birkbeck, University of London, 2014), and has presented at multiple conferences both in the UK and internationally.

You can follow her work on or @I_CoyDibley



Former Steering Group Members:

Adele Jones 2006 – 2010 (Founding member)

Ginette Carpenter 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Katsura Sako 2006 – 2008 (Founding member)

Claire O’Callaghan 2008 –2013

Nadine Muller 2008 – 2011

Louise Sheridan 2008 – 2010

Kristin Ewins 2008 – 2009

Cleo Hanaway 2008 – 2009

Katy Gledhill 2008 – 2009

Fran Pollard 2009 – 2010

Amy Rushton 2009 – 2013

Theresa Jamieson 2010 – 2011

Alex Pryce 2010 – 2013

Cat McGurren 2011– 2013

James Bailey 2013

Emma Young 2011-2014

Laura Jane-Devanny 2013-2015

Joanne Ella Parsons 2014-2015

Emma Deeks 2014-2016

Jessica Day 2015-2017

Veronika Schuchter 2014-2018

Krystina Osborne 2014-2018