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Christina Thatcher


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Critical and Cultural Theory

PhD Research

Working Title: Poetic Grief: Writing the Death of an Addict

My research project will explore how creative writing can benefit individuals bereaved by addiction. In particular, it will examine the impact that creative writing has on adults who have accessed, or are currently accessing, services offered by organisations specialising in bereavement or family addiction across England and Wales. This study will address the following research questions: Can creative writing improve the self-awareness of individuals bereaved by addiction? Can creative writing reduce some of the negative effects associated with grief, such as depression, fatigue and anxiety? And, can creative writing help individuals bereaved by addiction make healthier choices about their work and personal responsibilities while grieving?

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), Lapidus: The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation, the English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN), and the Association for Creative Writing and Education (ACWE)


Selection of Published Poetry:

‘Fruits‘: Planet Magazine, Winter 2014
‘The Young Widow‘ : Cake Magazine, Issue #6, April 2014
 ‘Boundary‘: Dagda Publishing, December 2013
Two poems: Buzz Magazine, October 2013 (Lit Feature, pg. 50)
1996: An American Postcard’: The Lampeter Review, Issue #7, Spring 2013
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

National Association of Writers in Education Conference, Bristol Mercure Hotel, November 2014
Workshop: Playing with Words – Transforming Teachers into Writers

Great Writing Conference, Imperial College London, June 2014
Paper Presentation: Death Writing

Centre for Death and Society: Social Death Conference, University of Bath, June 2014
Poster Presentation: Tying Off - Coping with the Social Death of Family Members Lost to
Drug Addiction

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”


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, Writing Our Lives, and Death Writing, among others.


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