Rachel Eames | In the first year of her Midlands3Cities funded PhD in English at the University of Birmingham, Rachel is working on the relationship between early 20th Century physics, literature and culture, looking particularly at the ways physics was experienced and adopted by Modernist poets | Website | Twitter


Séan Richardson | In his first year at Nottingham Trent University, Sean’s work focuses on the the relationship between sexuality and cartography within the Modernist period. He hosts the Modernist Podcast, is curating the Forster50 museum exhibition and likes biscuits. | Website | Twitter



Hannah Comer | Hannah is undertaking her PhD at the University of Birmingham, working on literature and art, looking at Romantic Modernism through the Modernist engagement with Pre-Raphaelitism and William Morris, focusing on Yeats, Lawrence, H.D. and David Jones. | Twitter


Bret Johnson | Bret is a fully-funded researcher at Loughborough University, with an interest in the role of literary prizes, small publishers, and the avant-garde. His work currently looks at literature throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus one Modernism and its legacy within contemporary fiction and combines archival research with oral history interviews. He gained a BA at Goldsmiths (2012) and an MA at the University of Birmingham (2014) before winning a studentship at Loughborough University in 2016 to work under the supervision of Dr Lise Jaillant and Professor Nigel Wood. | Twitter


Elizabeth O’Connor | Elizabeth is a second year PhD student at the University of Birmingham, researching the presence and significance of shore imagery in the poetry and prose of H.D. Her research interests are in modern poetry, modernism, ecocriticism, ecofeminism and nature-writing. She is Book Review Editor for the postgraduate research publication The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, and her recent publications include ‘”Pushing on Through Transparencies”: H.D.’s Shores and the Creation of New Space’, antae 3.1 (April 2016): 36-46. | Twitter


Chris Doyle | Chris is currently working on his PhD thesis at Sheffield Hallam University, entitled ‘Reluctant Heroes, Ambivalent Patriots : Ambler, Greene and Middlebrow Leftist Thrillers 1932­-1945’. The thesis is concerned with the espionage novel in the early twentieth century, with special reference to the leftist thriller as it developed in response to the global political situation and the changing nature of popular middlebrow literature in the 1930s. | Website | Twitter

Rhiannon Cogbill | Rhiannon is a PhD student in English Literature based at the University of Birmingham and funded by the Midlands3Cities AHRC doctoral training partnership. Her research focuses upon representations of illness and ill bodies in the work of early twentieth-century women writers, in particular Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair | Website | Twitter