ElinorElinor writes: ‘I am a third-year doctoral student at the University of Salford. My thesis is entitled ‘Popular Front Politics and the British Novel, 1934-1939′. I consider a range of writers including Lewis Grassic Gibbon, James Barke, Jack Lindsay, John Sommerfield and Lewis Jones, and consider their texts as negotiations between the utopian promise of socialism and the immediate need to combat the advance of fascism. I am particularly interested in Raymond Williams’s writing on Wales and the Welsh novel, and in the autobiographical aspects of his work.’

Elinor was awarded one of the two runner-up prizes in the RWS 2012 Posgraduate Essay Competition for her essay on ‘The Politics of Memory in John Sommerfield’s “May Day”‘.

Elizabeth HarrisElizabeth Harris is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her thesis is an ecocritical reading of British modernist poets (T.S. Eliot, Edward Thomas, Edgell Rickword, Edith Sitwell, and Charlotte Mew). She says ‘The Country and the City’ is really central to British ecocriticism and to my work, and on a more personal level I am very drawn to the committed and unpretentious tone of Williams’s work.’