Division: Literature and Languages
Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee
I studied Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh at undergraduate level and completed an MSc on supernatural landscape folktales there in 2011. I have worked within the fields of oral history, storytelling, community archaeology and reminiscence.
19th century poetry, working class writing, ballads, oral tradition, performance, place, landscape, cityscape, oral history, archives, 19th century newspapers, history of Dundee, music hall, political poetry
Improving public engagement with the archival holdings at Dundee Central Library is a key aspect of my research. I am always keen to pursue partnerships with other researchers and organisations to share knowledge and improve access to archives and resources. I am working towards registration on the Scottish Storytelling Directory and am keen to explore ways in which traditional storytelling can be used in community education and outreach.