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Dr Kirsty Martin

Public engagement

I very much enjoy talking to a range of audiences about my work, and I'm always delighted to hear from academics and non-academics alike with questions, ideas and comments on my research.

In March 2015 I delivered a public lecture on 'Writing Happiness: Literature and Contentment' as part of the Literature and Emotion Tea-Time Talks, a University of Hull OpenCampus Programme led by Dr Richard Meek.  Details of the series can be found here:

In 2016 I wrote the introduction for the exhibition booklet of Deborah Robinson's film 'Like a signal falling', which was based around Stephen Tomlin's bust of Virginia Woolf at Monk's House, and inaugurated at the Glenside Psychiatric Hospital Museum in Bristol.  Details of the film can be found here:

In Autumn 2016 I guest-chaired some happiness-themed reading sessions at Exeter's Recovery Learning Community Library, focussing on poems and extracts of prose works exploring ideas of happiness and resilience.  I hope hold further such sessions in the future (dependent on funding applications currently in progress).  To find out more about the Recovery Library see here:

Contribution to discipline

In 2015 I organised an interdisciplinary workshop on 'Reading for Happiness: Mind and Memory' with my colleague Dr Johanna Harris.  The workshop brought together academics from across English, psychology, theology, medicine and neuroscience to discuss the phenomenon of 'therapeutic reading'.  Details of the workshop can be found here: