Ms Katie Margaret Hall

Research project: Queer as Friends: rewriting the platonic-romantic relationship binary between women / Writing as knowing: locating creative nonfiction in queer feminist knowledge creation

Abstract

Queer as Friends is a practice-based creative non-fiction project which interweaves confessional memoir with queer/feminist theoretical discourse. It proposes a manifesto for unconventional friendships between women. It is intended to be both an autoethnographic approach to scholarship and a celebration of queer friendships as a feminist act.

The narrative is an experimental non-chronological patchwork structure of micro-chapters comprising mixed forms. Encompassing intimate details and experiences from ten of my own unconventional, boundary-crossing, friendships, their disruptive potential and radical effects will be uncovered and examined. This builds on the emerging market of creative non-fiction by women, books that successfully blend memoir with qualitative research (Gilbert 2007, Moran 2011 2012, Russell 2016, Nelson 2015, Wilby 2017).

The project's critical component is integral. I will explore the practice of writing the self as queer feminist methodology, in order to address the question: why is creative writing not yet accepted as scholarship?

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: Queer as Friends: rewriting the platonic-romantic relationship binary between women / Writing as knowing: locating creative nonfiction in queer feminist knowledge creation
  • Research supervisor: Dr Martin Dines
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Helen Palmer

Biography

Following a long term career in the UK voluntary sector, I shifted focus to my writing practice. As well as a freelance contributor to LGBTQ+ media publications, I am a creative writing practitioner across many forms: poetry, short and long fiction, and audio and TV drama. I was longlisted for the 2020 Primadonna Award and shortlisted for the Lichfield Cathedral 'The Word' inaugural poetry award (2019). I am currently editing my debut novel, the coming-of-age tale To Autumn, and perform and produce a comedy mystery scripted podcast series. I created and wrote the UK's first lesbian web series, 'She's in London'. 

Other research interests include widening access to undergraduate research opportunities, as a member of the wrap team at the University of Warwick https://wrapprojectwarwick.blog/.

Areas of research interest

  • Creative non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Feminist literary theory
  • Queer literary theory

Qualifications

  • MA in Writing, University of Warwick (merit)
  • PGDip Voluntary Sector Administration, London SouthBank University (merit)
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Warwick

Funding or awards received

  • Techne Doctoral Training Partnership
  • Mitacs-Globalink Scholarship

Conference papers

  • 'Queering memoir in theory and practice' at On Transversality conference (2020)
  • 'Findings from the wrap project' at Warwick Education Conference (2019)