Lisa Kennedy

    Postgraduate research student

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    Research Interests

    My research interests lie in the portrayal of witches in early modern Irish literature and folklore, particularly upon the Islandmagee witch trial of 1711. My thesis is formed of a critical and creative component, the former being a synthesisation of scholarly work on witchcraft in Ireland and analysis of primary texts, the latter being a Young Adult novel set in contemporary times with a retrospective focus on a fictionalised version of the Islandmagee witch trial. I am supervised by Garrett Carr and Professor Moyra Hasslett.


    As well as my thesis, in 2017 I with Christina Collins and Amy Finlay organised 'Damsels in Redress', a  conference regarding feminist contemporary retellings of classic fairy tales, where Diane Purkiss and Amy Davis delivered key note speeches.


    I taught on the module Introduction to Creative Writing (ENG1090) in 2017 and 2018.


    I completed my undergraduate degree in English with Creative Writing at Queen's and my Masters in Creative Writing at Queen's, then returned as a PhD candidate. I worked as a copy editor for the Queen's Political Review journal and have had my fiction published in The Open Ear journal.

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