Naomi Benecasa | University of Sheffield

Naomi Benecasa holds a MA in Psychology for Musicians from the University of Sheffield and a BA in Music Performance, specializing in cello, from Rice University (Houston, Texas). Her research focuses mainly on the intersection of music perception and cognition, and has included studies on cross-cultural metaphors for pitch relationships as well as research on the efficacy of programming to facilitate an aesthetic listening experience.

Joseph Genchi | University of Leeds

Joseph Genchi is a first year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Leeds. His research concerns postcolonial novels and films that engage with the horror/thriller genre to explore contemporary cultural anxieties and concerns. He is interested in how authors and filmmakers use genre to depict the return of the colonial or imperial past in the present.

Matthew Oxley | University of Sheffield

Matthew Oxley holds an MA in Catalan Studies from the University of Sheffield.

Kyra Piperides Jacques

Kyra Piperides Jaques | University of York

Kyra Piperides Jaques is currently awaiting examination of her thesis, entitled ‘Yorkshire Poetry, 1954-2019: Language, Identity, Crisis’, within the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her research explores the works of Yorkshire’s twentieth and twenty-first century poets, with particular focus on Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Kyra’s doctoral research – which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities –  closes with a final, solemn chapter on Brexit in contemporary Yorkshire poetry, a fascination that was borne from her growing fury at the current political rhetoric in the UK and beyond. Kyra now works for Freedom Festival Arts Trust, and is a trustee of the Philip Larkin Society.