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.

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

The Joy of the Archive (Seán Hewitt)

This summer, thanks to funding from the NWCDTP and the British Association of Irish Studies, I spent a week in the archives at Trinity College Dublin, looking at the papers … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Grandma’s Big Eyes: Reflections on Getting Lost In Research (Pete Kalu)

  When we sign up for this journey we know we’ll be going off-track: veering into the unknown to try bring back something new, something that adds a little (even … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment