Meet presenters

We welcome the following students who are presenting/attending the conference;

Paul Cope, Claire Williamson, Natasha Godfrey, Gary Hodge, Derek Morris, Aeshah Jawkhab, Samuel Messam, Zoe Kessler, Lisa Davies, Andrew Elliot, Francis St John, Susan Young, Sarah Helps, Susan Mackay, Gabriel Soler, Tim Buescher, Donald Brown Jr, Haniya Mohamed, Bethan Habron-James, Fiona Stirlingand Matt Stables.

Thank you to those of you who have responded to our call for presenters to share a little about their life, work or research, the following is a small selection 


Paul Cope Paul Cope is an artist who has worked at all levels of education for twenty-five years as a teacher and lecturer. Paul is based in Suffolk where he was head of art in middle schools for sixteen years and a part-time lecturer for Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University. Paul’s research interest is into the possibilities of teachers using art practice in teaching, particularly through demonstration and modelling. In recent years, Paul has been finishing a PhD thesis, organising community art exhibitions and exhibiting abstract paintings and ceramic plates. The plates were the outcome of an autoethnographic project about the life and times of an art teacher in a soon to close middle school.

Christa Welsh-Saunders

Christa Welsh. Christa is a BACP accredited psychotherapist in private practice for over twenty years specialising in race, gender and trauma. Christa is currently a doctoral researcher into transgenerational traumatic bonding at the Metanoia Institute. Her recent auto-ethnography ‘Child-Shifting and Reunification- the psychological implications for African Caribbean women’ has been performed at the Separation and Reunion Forum, Middlesex University and at the Memory Association’s Inaugural conference in Copenhagen in 2017. As a radical educationalist, Christa sees herself as playing a critical role in the construction of ‘new’ meaning and perception to liberate both the oppressed and the oppressors from what Friere defines as the conspiracy of silence. 


Travis Heath, Associate Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver ( He has practiced in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Denver, Colorado where he co-founded Rocky Mountain Narrative Therapy Center (RMNTC). The work he has been focused on includes shifting from a multicultural approach to counseling to one of cultural democracy that invites people to heal in mediums that are culturally near. Writing he has contributed to has focused on the use of rap music in narrative therapy, working with persons entangled in the criminal justice system in ways that maintain their dignity, narrative practice stories as pedagogy, and a co-created questioning practice called reunion questions. Travis’ paper is titled “Spitting Truth From My Soul: An Anti-Colonial Autoethnography of Narrative Therapy and Rap Music” and is scheduled within the Mental Health & Mental Illness panel chaired by Alec Grant.

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Yasmyn Sheikh obtained a BA degree from The University of Brighton in 2016; writing her dissertation on the importance of the black British arts movement and subsequent marginalisation of artists of colour. She has presented a paper at the Political Studies Undergraduate Conference and founded a women of colour discussion group.Her interest in autoethnography started after she got the chance to interview artist Chila Burman. Her current work involves mentoring young people and vulnerable women. Her life as a foster sister means she is reflexive in every aspect of her life. Yasmyn has recorded her life with cameras since the age of 13. She has recently completed an internship with Tate gallery and is curating her first exhibition ‘Güzel Sanat’ at Jubilee Library in Brighton this August.

Gabreil SolerGabriel Soler, I am a Chilean-Spanish counsellor and PhD researcher. My first master was in Clinical Psychology where I developed a thesis on development stages. After that, I have made a turning in my interest doing a master -and now a PhD- in counselling studies. My actual work aims to create a framework -that I call Transitional- referring to an experience where the personal, the collective/relational and the material generate an entanglement. My research interweaves theory, experience and art, using autoethnography as one of the main ways of exploring Transitionality. The framework I am developing, allows me to bring together my academic and artistic interest, and go forward on many philosophical/clinical questions.


Fajr al majedas a bipolar doctor turned therapist and researcher, Fejer’s research interests lie in the subversive use of autoethnography within collectivist cultures.As the first Arab post-psychotic “I” voice, she aims to provide alternative story-lines for people who have been written out of the master narratives of their country or community as well as informing the international counselling community and providing a platform for social justice in issues such as imprisonment and forced medication.Fejer holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Aberdeen University and has completed the clinical doctoral training in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in December in 2017. During the last six months, through her client work and interactions with members of Kuwaiti society in community gatherings. Fejer has been researching arts-based approaches towards mental illness in Kuwait, looking at how societal censorship can be subverted through alternative ways of self-expression.

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Tim Buescher – I am part of a relatively young mental health nursing team at the University of Hull where I teach student mental health nurses about research. Although I have only had a permanent position at my institution for two years, I have been doing this for four years. Hopefully, by the time you read this, I will have submitted my thesis, which began as an exploration of help-seeking in family members of compulsive hoarders and became a mutual exploration with a co-researcher of why we value some things and ideas over others and how we go on with disrupted and messy (hi)stories. In writing this, I have had to “come out” as a mental health practitioner uneasy with the position, language and politics of mental health care. Tim’s paper is titled “What are your findings? Personal quests for meaning in a collaborative PhD project” and is included in the Collaboration, research teams & working at the boarder of interdisciplinary practices theme.

Susan Young

Susan Young is a BAFTA-nominated animation director and doctoral student at the Royal College of Art. Her commissioned work includes multiple award-winning commercials and films such as: Carnival,The Doomsday Clock(a film about disarmament for the United Nations), Beleza Tropical for David Byrne, and Jimi Hendrix:Fire. In 1997 Susan developed an overwork-related hand injury and received treatment for trauma-related mental health conditions. She became interested in the relationship between psychological trauma and creativity, and her current research uses autoethnographic animation to interrogate this. Susan’s presentation title is “Arts-Based Research, New Materialism and Autoethnography,” questions whether an interdisciplinary study that mixes research methods from the arts and sciences can be effectively located within a new-materialist frame Email:

DC 2David Carless. My professional background spans the performing arts, education and psychology – all of which inform the interdisciplinary social research I am immersed in as a professor of narrative psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Arts-based and performative collaborations with Kitrina Douglas incorporate songwriting, storytelling, filmmaking and live performance to create social research that is meaningful, relevant and accessible beyond academia. In the public realm, our research is available as a series of live performances, audio CD’s and films (see Within academia we have published our work as journal articles, books and book chapters as well as performing and presenting at conferences around the world. My performance auteothnography – titled “Cowboys and Pirates in Mental Healthcare: A Musical Autoethnography” – will appear in the Mental Health and Illness panel chaired by Alec Grant.

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Sarah Helps is a consultant clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist. She works at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in leadership and clinical roles and teaches there on doctoral and masters programmes. Sarah is completing a doctorate in systemic practice at the University of Bedfordshire focussing on how she co-creates initial conversations using words and actions. She is interested in exploring autoethnographically inspired ways of knowing alongside other qualitative research methods. Sara will present “Infinite shades of Grey – a (slightly feminist) visual autoethnography of becoming grey” Identity work, troubling & challenging cultural narratives of gender, sexism, racism panel and we are also hoping she will contribute to the “Publishing” symposium as a chapter author as we celebrate the publications of “International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice” (Routledge, 2018).

JamesStevensJames Stevens is the founder member of SPC and lives with his family in Deptford SE London. Enthusiasm for social exchange characterise many aspects of James’ work, never shy to facilitate the grand ambitions and support embryonic efforts of others with patience, experience and resourcefulness. He continues to interweave these many threads into a self-sustaining infrastructure, supporting domestic and public life in continuity with family, long term collaborators and fresh interactions alike. Blog:

_KatalinHauselKatalin Hausel Katalin Hausel is a Hungarian artist/designer/educator with an academic  background in philosophy and history. In the last 4 years Katalin has been part of the unMonastery group, a small organisation that connects rural areas, depleted villages with urbanites who seek to leave compromises and precarity of city life. Other collaborations include Amanitas (Switzerland) and Pandora Hub (Spain) – also focusing on re-utilising unused buildings and forging new relationships between the city and the countryside. Blog:

GarethDaviesGareth Davies Gareth Davies is a Research Associate at the Open University, UK. He has a multi-disciplinary research career and is currently leading on the comparative impact-evaluation of a number of community-based engagement projects.  His interests lie in finding ways of practically improving the quality of evidence generated about the benefits of participatory design research carried out with a diverse range of communities. Publications:


James, Katalin & Gareth present “Community parters acting as insider reserachers to facilitate a Do-It-Yourself networking”, in the Collaboration, research teams & working at the boarder of interdisciplinary practices theme.

Lisa DaviesLisa Davies I am a disabled PhD student. My thesis is entitled: Writing the Disabled Self: Using the Autobiographical, Personal Narratives of Disabled People to Make a Case for Socio-political change. Since I embarked on PhD study, I have been keeping a journal which documents in my own words, what it’s like to live with an impairment in austerity Britain. This journal is the basis of my thesis, and I am using autoethnography throughout my thesis. The purpose of this paper is to begin critically analysing what it means to live with an impairment, to be disabled under austerity, using a few specific extracts from my thesis. Lisa’s paper is titled “Writing the Disabled Self: Using Autoethnography to Analyse the Lived Experience of Impairment Under Austerity”

MPage picture Margaret Page. I am a Visiting Research Fellow at Bristol Business School where I supervise PhD students in my research area – gender equality in organisations. I facilitate collaborative inquiry as a member with doctoral students and researchers of ANI-net research centre, Bristol University Graduate School of Education. As a researcher/activist I am organising a symposium on Feminist Democracy in a Brexit Environment, hosted by Policy Bristol, Bristol University and co sponsored with Bath University and UWE. In the rest of my time I develop my art practice, autobiographic writing and feminist activism.

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Francis St John is a Dmus research student at the University of West London and a classical baritone. With a background in both choral and solo repertoire, Francis has been a member of some of the countrys most prestigious ensembles, including the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the London Youth Chamber Choir, as well as performing many operatic roles, including Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro; Dido, Dido and Aeneas; Don Alfonso, Cosi Fan Tutti; and Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus. Frank’s primary academic interest is music and disability, with particular emphasis on inclusion of people with impairments. This comprises how people with impairments may be further included in the field of music performance; how they may use music to attain a better quality of life and greater responsibility for their own lives and care; and how society may change to best facilitate this. 

Samuel Messam

Samuel Messam lectures at the University Centre Bradford College (UCBC). His teaching covers a range of subjects with an emphasis on pedagogy, skill acquisition and learning theories. His responsibilities include supervision of projects in sports coaching, management and development. Samuel is the Cross-College Research Coordinator at UCBC and Editor-in-Chief of the Colleges’ internal journal. Samuel’s expertise in autoethnography has developed from his position as a practising regional basketball coach and in relation to his doctoral studies. His motivation is to further the pursuit of professional-improvement through the scrutiny of coaching behaviours.

Melissa Dunlop

Melissa Dunlop is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and a doctoral researcher at University of Edinburgh. Her research explores 21st Century fiction as a means of accessing interactions between contemporary social phenomena and personal identity, most especially in relational terms, and considers the place of therapeutic work within this context. Melissa’s workshops is delivering a workshop titled “All that is left unsaid: Exploring the hidden spaces between, behind, before the surface of our shared experiencing”.


Screen Shot 2018-06-17 at 15.54.54Ken Gale Ken works in the Institute of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Plymouth. His main philosophical and academic interests are to do with bringing the use of posthuman, process based forms of concept making as event to creative, experimental practices of pedagogy and research in education.


Donald V. Brown, Jr. is a doctoral student in Critical Social Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York where he is a Presidential MAGNET Fellow. His research interests include social identity development and maintenance over the lifespan, intersectionality as psychological theory and method, and identity development in emerging adulthood. More broadly Donald is concerned with questions of social categorization and its scientific, societal, and personal consequences for subjectivity. He has previously worked on projects in the Columbia Law School Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. Prior to beginning doctoral study, Donald served as a higher education professional at New York University—most recently as Associate Director of Student Services for Global Public Health.  Donald’s paper is titled “Examining Subjectivity at the Border: An Autoethnographic Account of Blackness and the Moving Body” and is scheduled within the Identity work, troubling & challenging cultural narratives of gender, sexism, racism panel.

Jackie GoodeJackie Goode,
is a  sociologist and Visiting Fellow in Qualitative Research in the School of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. After working for over twenty years on a variety of qualitative research projects in the areas of health, welfare, higher education and policing, she now enjoys writing autoethnographies. These have been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Sociology, Ageing and Society and Sociological Research Online. Her presentation for this conference looks at the play of the ‘mnemonic imagination’ in the making of an autoethnographic text. Jackie’s presentation is titled “Exhuming the good that men do: the play of the mnemonic imagination in the making of an autoethnographic text” and is scheduled within the Identity work, troubling & challenging cultural narratives of gender, sexism, racism panel.

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Alys Mendus, is an Independent Scholar, she is also a member of the conference steering group. who has just completed a PhD in Education on a scholarship in Freedom to Learn from the University of Hull. She writes: the title of my thesis was “A Rhizomatic Edge-ucation: Searching for the Ideal School through School Tourism and performative Autoethnographic-we.” My post qualitative work is influenced by feminist new materialism, arts based research, posthumanism and Autoethnography. I enjoy collaborative inquiry and continue to question and play with the norms of society. My partner and I lived in an old builders van throughout my studies and now have upgraded to a bigger van with a woodburner and look forward to our next adventure. Website: Presentation title: “Come weave, dance, move, live my PhD: A Film and interactive paper in different parts.”


Russell Heywood has been involved in the holistic movement for twenty years, as a facilitator and participant in various countries, also working as an English and Community Education teacher. Since finishing his arts practice PhD At Brighton University last year, he has been part of the Creative Writing and Autoethnography programmes.  His research uses multiple genres and a humorous approach to storying the self, connecting with autoethnography as a way of challenging apparently neutral dominant narratives and exploring more holistic cultural and personal possibilities.

Alison Fixsen

Alison Fixsen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster (UoW) and an experienced healthcare practitioner. Alison is an established author, presenter and theorist within the global health and social science communities, with expertise in the fields of symbolic interactionism and ethnography. Her approach is multidisciplinary, with projects and published work spanning psychology, sociology, health sciences and education. Alison’s doctoral thesis was an autoethnography of university staff development, and she has published this work in several peer review journals. She is a recognised expert in the area of benzodiazepine dependency and withdrawal syndrome and has worked with the Bristol based charity, Battle Against Tranquilisers. Her multimedia presentation I’m not Waving, I’m Drowning”: An authethnography of Biographical Disruption, Reconstruction and Recovery From Prescribed Benzodiazepine use” is a personal account of her experiences of psychoactive drug withdrawal and appears within the Mental Health & Mental Illness theme stream chaired by Alec Grant.


Knut Tore Sælør is a registered nurse with a background from the field of mental health. He has a masters in clinical health work, and holds a PhD from the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. Currently he is working as an associate professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He has been part of several collaborative qualitative research projects related to the field of mental health and substance abuse, and has a growing interest in collaborative methods and autoethnography.



Calanit Tsalach is a Teaching Fellow at the Spitzer Department of Social Work, and a member of the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  Her Doctoral research was an autoethnography of experiences of ethnic otherness in academic spaces. Her research interests are qualitative methodologies, autoethnography, ethnicity, Critical Race Theory, Popular culture, production of knowledge.

She Grew up to two parents immigrating to Israel from Iraq. She doesn’t always find her place at the academy but insists on looking for ways to fill the void she feels inside, and to do things differently, even there.

Ruth Finnegan

Ruth Finnegan OBE, Emeritus Professor, The Open University, Fellow of  the British Academy, International Fellow of The American Folklore Siciety, and Honorary  Fellow  of Somerville  College Oxford. Besides running the family-based Callender Press she is now a full time writer and researcher and has won many prizes for her fiction and nonfiction books. Most recently she has moved into (dream-inspired) novels, children’s books, screenplays and libretti for musical works.Born in and growing up in Ireland (Derry and Donegal) she went to a literature-, drama-  and music-filled Quaker school (where she overlapped with Judi Dench) folliwed by top Oxford  degrees in classics and anthropology, then  field research and university teaching in Africa and Fiji. With her husband David  Murray (they recently celebrated  their golden wedding university) she has spent most of her career at the pioneering Open University which they joined as founding members of staff in  1969. They have  three daughters and live just round the corner from the code-breaking Bletchley. Ruth’s presentation is titled “The extraordinary ordinary: ethnography and psychic research”.

Jess Moriarty is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton where she is course leader on the Creative Writing MA and English Literature and Creative Writing BA. Her work is on autoethnography, communities of practice and developing confidence with creative work and academic life. Her paper title is “Surviving Sexism in Academia: Storying the self as a method of writing to resist,” and will feature as part of the “Identity work, troubling & challenging cultural narratives of gender, sexism, racism” panel. The presentation will ask people to write and story themselves in response to the talk.


Joana Craveiro is a Portuguese director, writer, performer and teacher. She holds a PhD from Roehampton University, UK  a Master Degree in Directing, a Degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor Degree in Acting. She studied with Alexander Kelly (Third Angel, UK), Goat Island and Every House has a Door (Chicago). Her performance lectures have been shown in New York, Aarhus, Bristol, London, Skopje, Dallas, Montreal, Barcelona, Bangalore, Belém do Pará, and  Portugal. She is artistic director of “Teatro do Vestido”, a theatre company based in Portugal, for which she has written, directed and performed over 30 pieces in the past 17 years. Craveiro is associated researcher at Instituto de História Contemporânea IHC/Nova, in Lisbon and is interested in the poetics and the transmission of memory. Her work intersects autobiography, (political) memory and private archive. Joana’s presentation is titled “My Dad” a map of how I got where I am now, or how I hope I can tell this story.

Gary Hodge

Gary Hodge – Is a mental health nurse and lecturer working in Plymouth, and a distance learning PhD (Mental Health) student with Lancaster University. He has a special interest in person centred and humanistic approaches to dementia care, completing a MSc in Ageing, Mental Health and Dementia in 2013. He is approaching midway through his PhD Thesis with the working title is: ‘The importance of recognising the ‘I’ in Nursing to understand the ‘U’ in Behaviour’. This is an autoethnographic study which aims to make sense of challenging behaviour and its place in dementia nursing care through the discovery of self, using a process of retrospective reflexivity. Gary utilises ‘Green’ (Dartmoor) and ‘Blue’ (Plymouth Sound) spaces on his doorstep to collect his retrospective data, guided by mindfulness practice. He hopes his presentation, and completed thesis, will offer a space for discussion around the subject of the ‘self’ in nursing, and its place in providing care for ‘others’ with a dementia diagnosis.


Johanna hefelJohanna M. Hefel is a professor at the Department of Social Work and Health at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg FHV in Austria. She coordinates the Masters programme in Clinical Social Work and is co-founder and vice-president of the Austrian Society of Social Work.Her teachings include theories and practice in social work, social work from a global perspective, clinical practice, reflexive learning and critical discourses.One of her particular research interests is autoethnography. Loss, grief, bereavement, death and dying over the lifespan is a significant concern in social work research and education. Johanna’s presentation it titled: “Will you be with me to the end: writings to endure death and dying“.

SDSusan Diab is an artist working across visual art and text who has recently been publishing autoethnographic writings, finding in this approach a way to bridge the two. Her current exhibition ‘Autoethnos: stories from the self’ with Caroline Pick and Isobel Smith, which she curated and made new works for, runs until runs until July 2nd at C&C Gallery, London SE23.  This new body of work sees her returning to her true artist self as a sculptor, conjuring imagined representations of experience via performative and embodied processes brought to bear on physical materials. Susan Diab is a member of APEC Studios and has exhibited extensively in public settings and with artist-led initiatives. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, University of Brighton. Her presentation will show images from the visual art exhibition ‘Autoethnos: stories from the self’ and investigate reasons for framing an exhibition of visual artwork with autoethnographic approaches to re-imagining experience.

Haniya Mohamed is a RECE and a graduate student in the School of Early Childhood at Ryerson University. She received her undergraduate degree from George Brown College in Early Childhood Leadership and is currently in the process of completing her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Studies. In the past, she has worked as an early childhood educator and as a research assistant on several early childhood initiatives—The Early Childhood Cognitive Sensitivity Training Study, The Health and Wellbeing of RECEs in Ontario, Family Play—What matters Most? Her paper is titledWearing/Not Wearing the Niqab in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Settings”

Karen LumsdenKaren Lumsden is Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Leicester (from 1 June). She is the author of Boy Racer Culture (2013, Routledge) and Reflexivity: Theory, Method and Practice (forthcoming, Routledge), and co-editor of Reflexivity in Criminological Research (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and Online Othering: Exploring Violence and Discrimination on the Web (in progress, Palgrave Macmillan). She has published in a range of international journals including: Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Qualitative Research, Sociological Research Online, Policing & Society and Mobilities. She is on the Editorial Boards of Sociological Research Online and Sociology and was lead of the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) Victims, Witnesses & Public Protection Network. Her current research interests include policing, victims, online abuse and social media,  and autoethnographic accounts of work in the neo-liberal academy, with contributions to methodological debates on ethnography and reflexivity. She has also written on police-academic partnerships and the rise of the evidence-base in policing.



Bethan Habron-James began her professional life as a violinist, and over time leaned more towards teaching. She changed career paths at the end of the 90s, retraining in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a music and movement pedagogy, at the Insitut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva where she gained both her Licence (1999) and her Diplôme Supérieur (2013). She has held a position at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester for 20 years, and regularly delivers training nationally and internationally. In 2013 she undertook some pioneering research into her practice of teaching children with special educational needs. More recently she has been researching into the possibilities of teaching Dalcroze via Skype. Bethan is currently in her 2ndyear of a PhD at Bangor University where she is researching into the meaning of Dalcroze culture in her own life and that of others.


Susan Mackay graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1992. The following year she moved to The Bahamas where she worked as an artist for 20 years, facilitating community art events, workshops, classes, and exhibitions. Throughout, Susan continued her own art practice and has work in The National Gallery of The Bahamas and private collections. In 2013 she returned to Scotland with her two teenage children to pursue the MSc in Art Psychotherapy. On completion of the MSc she worked as an art psychotherapist for NHS, working with clients in stroke rehabilitation, drug and alcohol, and with self-harming, suicidal men. Susan is currently in her first year of a PhD at The University of Edinburgh in Counselling Studies. The title of her research is “Untying the kinks: An Autoethnography Journeying into BDSM: Pleasure and Pain. Pathology and Pastime”.


CL4Claire Williamson is the author of four published poetry collections, two of which are narrative. As programme leader of the UK’s only MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, she is particularly interested in how we tell our stories and how they can be received. Claire has been highly commended in the Bridport Prize (2017) and was runner up in the Neil Gunn writing competition (2017) and the Sentinal Poetry Quarterly (2018). She’s currently studying for a doctorate in Creative Writing at Cardiff University exploring ‘Writing the 21st Century Bereavement novel’. Claire writes libretti and has been commissioned to commemorate the SS Great Britain, the outbreak of WW1 and most recently St George’s Hall, Bristol.

DAVID JACKSONDavid Jackson. David is a former Royal Marine and during this time he served in Northern Ireland and the Falklands war. After a medical discharge from the Royal Marines in 1995 he trained as a counsellor and life coach.  In 1996 he was diagnosed with PTSD from his experiences of war.

During his time in the Royal Marines he studied psychology with the Open University and graduated in 1995 with a BSc (Hons). In 2002 he completed his MA in counselling studies at the UEA writing an autoethnographical exploration of his PTSD. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Bristol completing his EdD. His dissertation was called Seven days Down South: a war storyand uses film, photos, poetic representation, song and artefacts from the past as a representation of his story and the narratives of war veterans. David is an expert in the social and cultural aspects of war veterans and families living within society and the process of transition. He is a passionate advocate of using collaborative research to give voice to the unheard narratives of war veterans and families and he continues to challenge current representations of war veterans and the objectification of war veterans within research. Currently David is working on Military Afterlife Project at the University of Exeter works therapeutically with veterans and families. He is also a performer in the documentary play Minefield/Campo Minado which is currently entering its third year of shows.

In his spare time he enjoys competing in triathlons, playing the guitar in the band Dudlow Crow and writing.


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Jonathan Wyatt I teach and research at the University of Edinburgh, where a major new development is the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (take a look at the website – I am currently beavering away at finishing a book, Therapy, Stand-up and the Gesture of Writing: Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry, to be published by Routledge. It needs to be finished by the end of July, soon after this conference in otherwords. I am not anxious at all.


Fiona Stirling is a pluralistic therapist and lecturer in counselling at the University of Abertay, Dundee. Her path to autoethnography came via a degree in social anthropology, a foray into psychology, a short stint teaching religious education, and eventually a Masters in Counselling. She is currently working towards a PhD by publication with autoethnographic method as the precarious thread attempting to hold it all together.

Kate Firks spent nearly twenty years as a primary teacher and specialist teacher of the visually impaired before completing an MA in Education. Now a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Special Educational Needs and Disability at Plymouth Marjon University, her research interests cover themes of professional and personal identity/identities, intersectionality and social justice. Kate’s poster is entitled “Between Paucity and Policy: Using autoethnographic narratives to explore the gap between ability and expectation in Initial Teacher Education Foreign Language modules”.