Nia Clark

Published: 10 November 2016

Self, Mirrors & Others: Voices in the Poetry & Plays of Liz Lochhead

University of Glasgow

Self, Mirrors & Others: Voices in the Poetry & Plays of Liz Lochhead

Academic History:

2016 - present PhD Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow

2015 - 2016 MPhil Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow

2011 - 2015 MA Scottish Literature & Language (with Honours of the First Class), University of Glasgow


Dr Rhona Brown

Dr Pauline Mackay

Research Interests:

My doctoral research focuses on Liz Lochhead’s poetry & plays from her earliest collection Memo For Spring (1972) to her most recent work, with a particular interest in voice, relationships & belonging. I will be considering the development of the first-person singular voice to a plurality of voices in her work, in addition to challenging issues of gender in literary criticism. Other research interests include contemporary Scottish literature more widely, with a particular interest in poetry.

Previous Research Projects:

My undergraduate dissertation, ‘Disembodied Selves, Marginalised Voices: The Search for Authentic Wholeness. Reclaiming Voices in Contemporary Scottish Literature’ provided an analysis of fragmented selves, marginalised voices & the search for a whole self. (Supervised by Dr Theo van Heijnsbergen). My masters thesis, ‘‘Getting By’: Enduring Selves in the Work of Three Contemporary Scottish Writers: Ron Butlin, Janice Galloway & James Robertson’ built on the study of the self with a focus on themes of home & belonging & the endurance of the self in these writers’ work. (Supervisors were Dr Rhona Brown & Dr Theo van Heijnsbergen). In summer 2015, I undertook a School of Critical Studies Research placement, ‘Tracing the Historical through the Digital: John Leyden, the Borders of Scotland & Global Networks’ where I conducted research on eighteenth century Scottish manuscript materials in the National Library of Scotland. (Supervised by Professor Mary Ellis Gibson).


Edward Caird Bursary to support outstanding students in continued study at the University of Glasgow (2015). An additional sum was awarded by the Scottish Literature Postgraduate funds (2015).


William G Graham prize for the highest achieving student in Scottish Literature (2012), Neil Munro Medal for the highest achieving Single Honours student in Scottish Literature (2015).

Contact Details:

Address: University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Work Tel No: 07813 553112


First published: 10 November 2016