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Christina Thatcher

Overview

person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email: ThatcherC@cf.ac.uk
Area: Critical and Cultural Theory

PhD Research

Working Title: Turning the Page: How Creative Writing Impacts Victims of Domestic Violence

My research project will explore how creative writing can improve the lives of young people exposed to domestic violence. In particular, it will examine the impact that creative writing can have on children and young people from the ages of eight to eighteen accessing services from Women’s Aid and other domestic abuse organizations in Wales. This study will address the following research questions: Can participating in creative writing workshops improve the self-awareness of children and young people exposed to domestic violence? Can creative writing increase the self-confidence and motivation of children and young people accessing domestic violence services? And, can creative writing help children and young people from abusive homes make healthier decisions about themselves and their relationships?

Supervisor: Richard Gwyn and Damien Walford-Davies

Academic Background

MA in Equity Issues in Education, 2010 - 2011
University of York, York, England

MA in Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing, 2009-2010
Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales                                                        
                                                    
BSc in Secondary English Education, 2004-2009
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Professional Memberships: The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN), and the Association for Creative Writing and Education (ACWE)

Publications

Selection of Published Poetry:

The Compliment’ Canto Magazine, November 2013
Two poems: Buzz Magazine, October 2013 (Lit Feature, pg. 50)
1996: An American Postcard’: The Lampeter Review, Issue #7, Spring 2013
 ‘Substitute’: Conclave:  A Journal of Character Issue #4, Autumn 2012
Three poems: The Delinquent, Issue #17, April 2012
Rust’: The Denver Syntax, Issue #24, Spring 2012
They Lived Again’: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, January 2012
Doll’: Inkspill Magazine, Issue #6 (selected Editor’s Choice)
Detox’ and ‘Prediction’: Neon Literary Magazine, Issue #27, Summer 2011
Chest of Drawers’: The London Magazine, June/July 2011

Forthcoming Pamphlet:

She ran towards the sea, Stairwell Books, 2014

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

Alternative Modernisms Conference, Cardiff University, May 2013
Reading: Poetry

Welsh Women’s Aid Annual Conference, Cardiff City Hall, December 2012
Workshop: When a Pen Becomes a Microphone: Creative Writing with Vulnerable Youth

Global Temple Conference, Temple University, November 2008
Paper Presentation: “Intercultural Education in Post-1960s Ireland”

Teaching

As an American qualified teacher, I have experience leading creative writing workshops at the primary, secondary, and University level in both the USA and UK. I also have experience running poetry and fiction workshops in youth centres, non-profit organizations, art galleries, and other community settings.

I currently facilitate Roath Writers, a Cardiff-based writers group, and lead several workshop series including Landscape Writing, Relaxation and Reflection, and Death Writing, among others.

Links

Writing Website and Blog: collectingwords.wordpress.com