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Professor Josie Billington BA (Hons.), PGCE, MA, PhD

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Research

Literary Reading

Uses and value of literature beyond the academy;
Reading aloud and reading processes;
Medical Humanities;
Psychology of reading;
Psychodynamics of reading groups;
Children and reading (including issues of attachment);
Reading and health;
Literature in prisons, literature and depression,
Literature and dementia;
Cultural value, forms of assessment and evaluation.

Victorian Literature

Nineteenth-century realism;
Victorian novel;
Victorian women's fiction (George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant);
Victorian poetry (especially Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Victorian sonnet);
Creative process (via original manuscript material);
Free indirect discourse.

Research Grants

COVID-19 CARE: Culture and the Arts, from Restriction to Enhancement: Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region

UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (UKRI) (UK)

August 2020 - January 2022

Co-creating online literary resources to build a national future for reader volunteering and a real-world legacy of the Cultural Value Project.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

June 2017 - May 2018

A practice-infromed study of the theoretical bases for bibliotherapy in the English literary tradition (Elizabethan or Victoria Periods)

MERSEY CARE NHS TRUST (UK)

October 2009 - September 2013

A Study of a Literature Based Intervention with Women in Prison

NATIONAL PERSONALITY DISORDER PROGRAM (UK)

April 2011 - March 2014

Reading as Catalyst for Change.

MERSEY CARE NHS TRUST (UK)

April 2015 - October 2019

How to promote children's language development using family-based shared book reading.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

April 2015 - August 2018

Assessing the intrinsic value, and health and well-being benefits, for individual and community, of The Reader Organisation's Volunteer Reader Scheme.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

September 2013 - September 2014

MerseyBeat- Best Evidence, Application and Translation of Research. An investigation into the therapeutic benefits of reading in relation to depression and well-being.

LIVERPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST (UK)

January 2009 - June 2011

Reading for Pleasure and Adult Literacy.

MARS UK LIMITED (UK)

December 2014 - December 2018

Permission to play: taking play seriously; making sport playful

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

February 2012 - October 2012

Participatory Arts for Well-Being: Past and Present Practices

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

January 2011 - December 2011

Reading and Chronic Pain.

BRITISH ACADEMY (UK)

May 2014 - June 2015

The Reader Organisation’s Whole Population Project in Lambeth and Southwark.

GUY'S AND ST THOMAS' CHARITY (UK)

November 2013 - December 2017

Research Collaborations

Haesun Moon, Arlinda Ruco

Project: Relational and Appreciative Practices in Healthcare
External: TAOS Institute, US

Relational and Appreciative Practices in Healthcare (Taos Institute, US)

Dr Mette Steenberg

Project: Reading and Mental Health
External: Interacting Minds Centre, University of Aarhus

Co-leads of research coalition for literary reading and wellbeing, IGEL (International Society for Empirical Aesthetics)

Professor Rhiannon Corcoran

Project: Reading and Mental Health
Internal

Interdisciplinary (mixed methods) study of the benefits of shared reading for adult mental health and the mechanisms/processes which mediate benefit.

Dr Rachael Levy

Project: ESRC Reading with Children and Families
External: University of Sheffield

Related work packages on the benefits of a shared reading for pleasure intervention in children aged 0-5.

Dr David Fearnley

External: Merseycare NHS Trust

Co-supervisor of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award laying clinical/literary foundations for Bibliotherapy.

Dr Jane Milling

External: The University of Exeter

AHRC funded research network on participatory arts for well-being (with University of Glamorgan).

Professor Hamish Fyfe

External: University of Glamorgan

AHRC funded research network on participatiry arts for well-being.

Professor Peter Kinderman

Internal

Benefits of reading for pleasure for looked after children.

Professor Philip Davis

Internal

Selection of Elizabeth Barrett Brownng's poetry for revised Oxford Authors series (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).

Dr Jude Robinson

Internal

MerseyBEAT-funded project (£45,000) on benefits of reading in relaton to depression.
Dept of Health/Home Office funded project (£50,000) on benefits ofreading for female prisoners with personaility disorder.

Professor Chris Dowrick

Internal

MerseyBEAT - funded project (£45,000) on benefits of reading in relation to depression.