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Dr Elizabeth Dearnley

1 April 2019 - March 2022

Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist and artist working on engagement with public spaces.

After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge (2011), she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at UCL (2012-15) exploring fairy tale evolution and collaborative storytelling. Since then, she has taught at UCL and Cambridge, produced arts and public engagement projects from Talking Statues to Journeys Through Print, and toured immersive theatre installation Big Teeth.

Her first book, Translators and their Prologues in Medieval England, was published in 2016, and she is now writing her second book on how folktales shape attitudes about public space. At the Institute of English Studies, she is exploring women’s mapping of cities through diaries and life writing, based on her 2018 project The Flâneuse Diaries.