Meet the Outside/rs Team!

Al/Meggsy (he/him/his)

Second year creative writing PGRS. Former dancer turned academic, researching new approaches to storying the self, producing an autoethnographic novel that brings the past and present together in a magically real space where real, researched and imagined lives meet, haunt and interact within a lived experience.

Thesis working title: Reclaiming cabaret. A queer haunted autoethnography of real, researched and imagined stories of cabaret past and present.

Pooja (She/Her)

Sociology PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores the personal and intimate relationships of lesbian and bisexual South Asian women living in the UK. Pooja is passionate about advocating for minorities such as queer people, women, and people of colour.  

Thesis working title: Moving Beyond Blood Ties: An exploration of the lived experiences of the intimate and personal lives of queer South Asian women living in the UK.


Amelia is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex researching gender deviance in American cinema, exploring how images of the witch in film construct, re-construct and negotiate the category Woman over time. Amelia is habitually attracted to the gothic, the horrific and the monstrous, particularly in relation to formations/disturbances of gender and sexuality. They are also the co-host of podcast Every Film is Gay.

Thesis working title: Flying, Laughing and Burning: Genealogies of Woman as Witch in American Cinema.

Mike (He/Him)

A second-year PhD Candidate at the University of Brighton. His research uses participatory research and Zines to tell the stories of Non-binary young people’s experiences of and desires for support, looking at support in the broadest sense and centring the young people’s stories. Mike has a background in Outdoor Education and Youth Work and brings this participatory, people-centred ethos into his research with particular interests in how participant story-focused research can decentre academic research and give voice to marginalised people by making research more publicly accessible. 

Thesis working title: Moving beyond the binary: Young people and support, ensuring social practice meets diverse needs.


A last-stage PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Sussex. Former philosophy and psychology teacher, then turned to academic. Her interest areas are generally body theories in the history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, gender and power relations, 20th century French philosophy and the archives, otherness and its social implications, and lastly Roman philosophy through Latin texts. Currently, her PhD research focuses on discussing discursive bodies and imagining the future of gender.


Lorenza Ippolito is a doctoral candidate at the University of Brighton, currently engaged in Inventing Kinship: a collaborative art exploration of kinship with queer migrants in Brighton. Her interdisciplinary research is distributed between human geography, arts and media, exploring practices and expression of queer kinship among queer migrants through an arts-based approach. Ippolito has lectured at the University of Brighton on the Critical Approaches to Media Modules in the School of Media and on the Inclusive Art Practice MA in the School of Arts. Ippolito is also a participatory art practitioner with ten years’ experience working on projects between the UK, India and Italy working with older people and technology in the UK and with queer collectives in Mumbai.


Edwin Stockdale (he/him/they/them) was the first person to gain a PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Leeds Trinity University. He also has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from the University of Birmingham. Red Squirrel Press have published two of his pamphlet collections: Aventurine (September 2014) and The Glower of the Sun (January 2019) with a third due out next year. Widely published in the UK, he has appeared in the London Magazine, Long Poem Magazine and Stand, among others. His scholarly articles based on practice-led research have appeared in Writing in Education and Writing in Practice, and he has articles forthcoming in New Writing and Life Writing. A book chapter appeared in Prose Poetry in Theory and Practice (Routledge, May 2022). Recently, he was awarded a major grant from Arts Council England through the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund to complete his debut collection based on the medieval monarch Edward II, Queen Isabella and his male lovers.