Ageing & the Avant-Garde

I have recently submitted my PhD  at Queen Mary, University of London, supervised by Dr. Suzanne Hobson and Dr. Morag Shiach. My research focuses on ageing in twentieth-century texts by Mina Loy, H.D., and Djuna Barnes. I’m interested in applying cultural gerontology to modernist contexts to explore embodiment, archives, and lateness. Thinking through lived experience, as well as literary representations of old age, this interdisciplinary project uncovers how these late works are rich, relevant and emblematic of way women are treated and critiqued as they grow older.

Research interests include: modernism, age studies, cultural gerontology, poetry, illness narratives, feminism, materiality, visual cultures.


Selected Papers

Undoing Anti-Ageing Temporality with Grey Technology in Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet (1976), Ageing Experiments, University College Dublin [online], 2020

Sexual Ambivalence, Embodied Process & Reclusiveness in Djuna Barnes’ Late Work, British Association for American Studies, University of Sussex, 2019

Mature Modernism: Bodies, Beauty Cultures & Visibility New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course, University of Leeds, 2018

Suspended Animation: Queer Temporalities & Ageing Bodies in Djuna Barnes’s ‘The Book of Repulsive Women’, Queer Modernisms II, Oxford University, 2018

‘Anti-Ageing Cultures: The New Woman and the Gaze of Youth’ Missing Women Conference, University of Southampton, 2017

‘Mina Loy’s Facial Destiny: The Mask of Ageing and Auto-Facial-Construction’, New Work in Modernist Studies, University of Leeds, 2017

Modernism: Making, Place & Protest – Queen Mary, 2018

Decorating Dissidence: Modernism, Feminism and the Arts – Queen Mary, 2017


Dada and the Power of Nonsense – Contributor to BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking on the relevance of Dada today, 2020.

Show & Tell: Inspiring Mini-Talks – Shared my experiences of collaborating for the Show & Tell talk and podcast series, 2018

Modernist Podcast – Featured on Episode 1: Modernism, Women & Feminism, 2017

NTS Radio, Round Trip – Co-hosted an all-female music lineup with Lucie Grace and discussed women's rights in the UK, 2014


Forthcoming ‘Still Tickin’: Betye Saar, Ageing and Assemblage’. In: Women: A Cultural Review. (September 2020). January 2021.

Forthcoming ‘Mina Loy’s Shifting Orality: Commemorations by an Artist in Late Life’. In: Modernism/Modernity Print+. June 2021.

Forthcoming ‘Against Anti-Ageing: Surreal Utopias in Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet’, in Aging Experiments: Futures and Fantasies of Old Age, ed. Joao Guimaraes (2021) [open access]


‘What if Women Ruled the World?’, Manchester International Festival, Rehearsal Expert, (2017)

How to Make Your Research Collaborative- Queen Mary, Lecture & Workshop (2017)

DIY Art & Pussy Riot – Goldsmiths, Talk (2014)
Modern Protest – Queen Mary, Undergraduate Lecture (2014)

How To: DIY Protest – Central Saint Martins, Lecture (2014)

WOW Festival - Round Table Discussion (2014)

Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival – Book launch, (2013)

Let’s Start A Pussy Riot: US Book Launch – Bluestockings Feminist Bookstore, panel host, Q&A (2013)

The Feminist Library – Talk, Q&A (2013)

Modern Protest - University of Manchester, Undergraduate lecture (2013)

Protest Talks: 1 - University of Manchester, Public lecture (2013)

Let’s Start A Pussy Riot – Oxford University, Talk, Q&A (2013)

The Other Club “The Body Politic” - Talk, also led Q&A with Femen (2013)