I am currently completing my PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde on the performance and perception of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word poetry.

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)

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