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Our blog posts are mostly written by researchers funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership or involved with its events.

PhD Survival: 7 Bullets To Dodge* (Pete Kalu)

The poet, Coleridge was famously interrupted as he was writing his brilliant work, Kubla Khan. He said he dreamt the entire poem (some reaearchers say possibly under the influence of opium!) then sat down to write it.  He was halfway through when someone knocked on...

Applications now open

The NWCDTP Studentship Competition for 2017/18 is now open. The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm GMT on Friday 10 February 2017. To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at one of the seven NWCDTP institutions by...

Confessions of A Secret Art Lover

I’m a writer but sometimes I get sick of writers.  Then I hang out with visual artists.  I like to listen to agonising about light, shade, colour, shape, framing etc.  I feel they are indirectly talking to me about my own work.  Recently, I found myself looking at the...

The Joy of the Archive (Seán Hewitt)

This summer, thanks to funding from the NWCDTP and the British Association of Irish Studies, I spent a week in the archives at Trinity College Dublin, looking at the papers of J.M. Synge. I’ve been to the archives before on shorter visits, but there’s nothing like a...