Meet our team

Dr Ian Blyth (Inverness College UHI) content Ian Blyth

Dr Ian Blyth (Inverness College UHI)

Ian is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Literature; BA (Hons) History and Literature; BA (Hons) Literature and Criminology; BA (Hons) Literature and Politics; BA (Hons) Literature and Sociology; and BA (Hons) Literature and Theology.

Ian is the Module Leader for Reading Poetry: An Introduction (Level 7); Theories of Literature: An Introduction (Level 7); Romantic Genius: Scottish and European Literature, 1750–1830 (Level 9); Union and Discord: 1707–1815 (Level 9); Nature Writing and Ecology (Level 9); Psychogeography and the City (Level 9); Avant-garde Literature (Level 10); Science Fiction and Fantasy (Level 10); Metafiction: Self-Referential Texts (Level 10); and Dissertation [Literature] (Level 10). Ian is also the Module Leader for Continental Philosophy (Level 9) on the BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degree.

Ian’s research interests are primarily in 20th-century and contemporary literature, including science fiction and fantasy, nature writing and psychogeography. He is interested in the representations of AI and animal/corvid intelligence in SF and fantasy and, with Suzanne Raitt (College of William and Mary), was co-editor of the Cambridge edition of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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Dr Mandy Haggith (Inverness College UHI)

Lecturer in creative writing and literature at Inverness UHI. 

I am a writer and author of 11 books of poetry, novels and non-fiction. I originally studied philosophy and mathematics and I have a PhD in artificial intelligence, from back when that was cutting edge! My four poetry books are mostly nature poems. Four of my five novels are historical: the first, The Last Bear, is set in the Viking era and won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award in 2009. More recently,  a trilogy set in the Iron Age has been published - The Walrus Mutterer, The Amber Seeker and The Lyre Dancers. My non-fiction book Paper Trails explores where all the paper we use comes from and I have written freelance for many magazines and newspapers, from Current Archaeology to Pulp and Paper International to the Scottish Review of Books. Hundreds of my poems have been published in magazines and I even have one carved on a totem pole - my  poem ‘Resilience’, which was commissioned as Scotland’s poem celebrating the Tree Charter in 2018. In 2013 I was poet in residence at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and I am currently poet in residence at Inverewe Garden. 

I have spent many years as a forest campaigner and I am greatly interested in links between literature and forestry, in particular the ancient link between writing and trees represented by the Gaelic Tree Alphabet. In general I love blurring the boundaries between literature and other art forms and between arts and sciences.  

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Dr Lesley Mickel (Inverness College UHI)

Lesley is the Module Leader for Literary Discoveries: an Introduction to Prose Fiction (Level 7); Heroic Literature: Epic from Classical to Contemporary (Level 8); Glorious Spangs: Material culture at the early modern court (Level 9); Imagining New Worlds: Renaissance Literature and Thought (Level 9); and Past and Present: Historiography (Level 10). Lesley is also the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Drama and Performance.

Lesley’s research is currently focussed on the material aspects of Renaissance court culture and this has led to new and innovative work on the representation of Scots in court entertainments at home and abroad. She is working a monograph, and also a larger project incorporating a conference and online hub connecting scholars working on similar topics: Glorious Spangs: Renaissance Court Culture.

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Alison MacBean (Inverness College UHI)

Alison is the Module Leader for Coming Out: Dramas of Family and Individuality in late 19th and 20th Century Theatre (Level 7); Male Ideals and Female Desires in Medieval Scottish Poetry (Level 8); Theatrical Powerplay: Classical and Modern Tragedy (Level 8); Literary Borrowings: Adaptations and Appropriations (Level 9); Children’s Literature (Level 9); Satire: The Literary Art of Attack (Level 10); and Pushing Boundaries (Level 10). Alison also teaches on the BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree.

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Tracy Kennedy

Lecturer in History at Inverness College UHI. 

I completed my undergraduate degree at UHI in Scottish History and am nearly finished an MLitt in the History of the Highlands and Islands. I love all aspects of history – although I think it should be called herstory! – and am especially interested in nineteenth century paupers, poverty, and poorhouses. I also enjoy stomping round old graveyards. 

I have two grown up boys who live and work/study in Edinburgh and a teenage stepson who lives in Manchester. I also have a grumpy Jack Russell Terrier who thinks she is the boss (she is really). 

I enjoy dressmaking, gardening and listening to music as diverse as Grime, R&B, Britpop, Psychobilly, 70’s disco and Classical. I am a fan of Ru Paul’s Drag Show and of course, anything historical!