Dr Siriol McAvoy
Tutor in Media, Journalism and Culture
Originally from Aberystwyth in west Wales, Siriol has been studying and working in Cardiff as a teacher in Higher Education for the past eight years. She completed her BA in English and French at Nottingham University in 2007, before moving to Oxford University for a Masters in Medieval Literature.
A sense of hiraeth called her back to Wales, so she returned to complete a PhD thesis at Cardiff University, which focused on modernism, gender, and experimental Welsh poetry in English. Siriol has worked in a number of educational institutions in the UK and France, and has taught a wide range of topics at Cardiff University, where she worked as a Postgraduate Tutor (2010-16) and later postdoctoral University Teacher in English Literature (2017). Her research interests include twentieth-century poetry, women’s writing, place and the environment, historical re-visions, and cultural identity.
Siriol has published book reviews and research on Argentine-Welsh poet Lynette Roberts, and has recently edited a book of essays that consider questions of marginality and environment in Welsh modernism, calledLocating Lynette Roberts: Always Observant and Slightly Obscure. Future projects include a book on Lynette Roberts, Virginia Woolf and the medieval past, and an investigation of modernist women writers’ use of synaesthesia as a form of memory-work.
Siriol McAvoy, ed., Locating Lynette Roberts: ‘Always Observant and Slightly Obscure’ (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018).
‘“Crusaders uncross limbs by the green light of flares”: Lynette Roberts’s Avant-Garde Medievalism’, in Locating Lynette Roberts: Always Observant and Slightly Obscure, ed. by Siriol McAvoy (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018).
‘Review of Vernon Watkins on Dylan Thomas and Other Poets and Poetry, ed. by Gwen Watkins and Jeff Towns’, International Journal of Welsh Writing in English, 3 (2015), 153-6.