Bethany Ashley

Bethany Ashley


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[have] [have doubts] [harbour doubts] is a poetry collection that somewhat charts my desire and progress to qualify as a British Sign Language interpreter. The tri-part structure demonstrates three approaches to the work over the three years of writing it. [have] begins with relative traditionalism, [have doubts] remains a single poem section representing the disruption and grief of the pandemic, and the collection concludes in the sequence [harbour doubts]. This experimentational translation from BSL to English features a linguistic commentary that explores the literal and figurative symbolism of BSL while antagonising a personal narrative.

The critical component of my research includes a chapter that is an autoethnographic exploration of exophonic language learning and another chapter that explores representations of signed and spoken languages in work from contemporary d/Deaf writers. 


My PhD is funded by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and I am grateful for the training grants I have received from the consortium that have supported my studies of British Sign Language. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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  • [harbour doubts]

    Ashley, B., 24 Jul 2023, Granta.

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