Research Overview

In 2020 I completed my PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde on the performance and perception of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word poetry. It can be read and downloaded with full free public access here.

My research focuses include:

  • performance-based poetics, particularly in the UK
  • performative authenticity in the arts
  • artistic engagement with Scottish independence movements
  • the work of Carol Ann Duffy

For more information on my PhD, please read my abstract here and learn more about my UK spoken word archival project here. I am always interested in research collaborations and presentations; please contact me here or email me directly via kathryn.a.ailes (at)