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Lucy Atkinson

Lucy Atkinson is a creative writing PhD student in our Department of English Studies who researches witchcraft literature, alongside writing her novel about the 1650 witch trials in Newcastle.

Lucy talks about her experience researching the Newcastle witch trials in this fascinating blog post, and explains how the figure of the witch is often a 'conduit for the contemporary female voice'. She speaks about her personal experience writing her novel and what inspires her about witchcraft specifically in the North East.

Lucy's research demonstrates the amazing variety of possibility in our department, and reveals what it's like studying a Creative Writing PhD with us.