Bi-Polar Woman Poet’s PhD

by Katharine May in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Bi-Polar Woman Poet’s PhD


raised of £1,580 target
1% 22 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by August 10th 2019 at 3:36pm

Sadly, there is currently no state funding available for my PhD. I am an unpaid Carer.

by Katharine May in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

I have had a diagnosis of Bi-Polar Affective Disorder since 1994 with frequent forced hospital admissions under the Mental Health Act ("Sectionings").  So, in my opinion, to have secured my PhD place is nothing short of a miracle!  My history of depressive illness dates back into my teenage years when I suffered from severe Anorexia Nervosa.  Recently I have discovered that, amazingly, writing poetry helps me stay well by lessening the stress levels which can exacerbate my illness.  I have had my poetry published in Ireland by Poetry Ireland, the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, and the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University Belfast.  where I completed my Masters in Poetry, gaining a Pass with Distinction.

The money I raise through this Crowd Fund will help pay my PhD fees and make it possible for the first woman in my family to gain a PhD!  And a Bi-Polar woman poet at that!  My work will involve writing a 60 page book of poetry as well as a critical element of work and over the 6 years of my PhD (I will be studying and researching part-time) I would envisage getting further exposure for my writing outside the academic sphere.  For someone with my mental illness to gain this level of educational achievement is for me a real triumph!  Please help make it happen!

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