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

I discuss some aspects of my research into contemporary U.K. spoken word poetry, particularly in terms of perceived authenticity and the development of the critical discourse, in this episode of the Loudcast:

I am always interested in research collaborations and presentations; please contact me here or email me directly via kathryn.a.ailes (at)

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