North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

A blog for students funded by a cross institutional scheme through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers. Offering postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. All views are those of students and are not necessarily those of the NWCDTP.

Writing For Liberty Conference, Centre for the Book, Cape Town. March 2017 (Pete Kalu)

They came. Some with formulas for solving the universe. Others suggesting only one provisional point from which to view this particular mote of dust.  Delegates carried to conference earth, air, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

3 Minute Thesis: My 3 attempts with 3 different audiences (Pete Kalu)

  Ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair had a way with soundbites. His “the people’s princess” comment upon Princess Diana’s death in 1997 was in my view the 90’s best … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Be Two Inches Taller: Collaborations

Some immediately spring to mind: Beyonce & Jay Z, Tosh & Marley, Kahlo & Rivera, McFadden & Whitehead, Westwood and McClaren, Laurel & Hardy… I love hooking up with other … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

PhD Survival: 7 Bullets To Dodge*

The poet, Coleridge was famously interrupted as he was writing his brilliant work, Kubla Khan. He said he dreamt the entire poem (some reaearchers say possibly under the influence of … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

As Far As The Heart Can Dream : Placement and Study Trip Write-Up (Pete Kalu)

British school kids used to have it drummed into them on pain of detention or worse that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand led to the beginning of World War One.  … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sophie’s Placement at Opera North (Leeds)

Here I am, about to start my placement with Opera North (ON). This is a bit of an experiment, not only for me, but also for ON, as I’m their … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Confessions of A Secret Art Lover

I’m a writer but sometimes I get sick of writers.  Then I hang out with visual artists.  I like to listen to agonising about light, shade, colour, shape, framing etc.  … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment