Welsh Crucible 2014

Dr Alice Entwistle Dr Alice Entwistle, Principal Lecturer in English Literature and member of the English Research Unit has been selected for this year’s Welsh Crucible.

Alice specialises in poetry, usually contemporary, and often (though not always) by women. Much of her work examines the connections between text, form and place(s). She is also interested in creative-critical writing and cross-disciplinary collaborative practice in the arts and humanities, and is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations.

A collection of her interviews with contemporary women poets (In Her Own Words: Women talking poetry and Wales) will be out with Seren early next year. Meanwhile she is working on a study of the bi-lingual writer Gwyneth Lewis for UWP’s Writers in Wales series, and co-authoring a creative-critical monograph on the Belfast author Ciaran Carson, with colleague Kevin Mills.

Alice said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for this year’s Welsh Crucible programme; it’s a real privilege to find myself part of such a bold and imaginative scheme. I’m looking forward very much to meeting the other participants, and being able to work alongside, converse and exchange ideas with them, as experts in all kinds of other fields. I feel very fortunate: I know I’m going to benefit from that process – I just don’t yet know how; so I’m excited for both reasons.

“One of the guiding principles in my own research life has always been to keep myself moving on; to keep pushing at the limits of my own knowledge and experience, and to stay alert to the ways in which new kinds of thinking, or different kinds of knowledge or language, might feed or alter my own work on cultural politics and the contemporary literary text. To be honest I haven’t any idea what awaits me in the next three months, but I know I’m going to find the experience both challenging and stimulating, and I like the thought of that.”

About the Welsh Crucible

Launched in 2011, the Welsh Crucible takes innovative approaches to develop future interdisciplinary, early and mid-career research leaders in Wales and is led by Cardiff University in partnership with the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales and Swansea. It is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Every year, thirty researchers are selected to participate in a series of residential workshops or ‘skills labs’ where participants explore how they can benefit from working with researchers in other disciplines, how their research can have greater impact, and how they can build international research careers in Wales.

Welsh Crucible won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in 2013, with judges commenting that it delivers ‘game-changing impacts on attitudes and behaviours’.

Previous recipients have included Dr Carolyn Wallace, Dr Ali Roula and Dr Emma Tonkin.

For more information on being involved contact Dr Louise Bright, Deputy Director of Research and Business Development.