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Melissa Bradshaw

 Melissa Bradshaw (2000) is a journalist and music critic as well as a literary theorist.

Whilst at the Hall, she was a regular contributor to Cherwell, and she went on to become editor of the Isis Magazine. An active member of the St Edmund Hall Poetry workshop, some of her poems were published in the Hall anthologies Chatter of Choughs and Synergies.  

After graduating, Melissa studied for an MA in Gender, Culture, Politics at Birkbeck College, London, which she completed in 2005 with Distinction. She has since been awarded a PhD for her thesis on Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, and has been a Teach Fellow at Birkbeck. Specialising in psychoanalysis, gender, and feminist theory, she has chaired or given papers at a number of conferences in recent years.

Melissa combines her literary/theoretical interests -- and her experience as a University teacher -- with a career in music journalism. She contributes articles and reviews for The Guardian, Plan B Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy,The Quietus and BBC Music Online She has interviewed artists such as Sade, Grace Jones, Frank Ocean, Roots Manuva, Mala, Skream and more. From 2008-2009 she served as music editor of German magazine Qvest and Qvest Edition and is now a Contributing Editor at POP and Arena Homme plus magazines.

Melissa is also a proud member of London running community Run Dem Crew and bodyweight training community Spartanfam.

Melissa Bradshaw reflects on what writing is and does:

 "After years of studying writing it has become clear to me that writing is part of a great mystery that we have created in order not to be animals, objects, or machines. Obviously writing enables and transmits knowledge of the world in the past, present and future: it is funny that though the humanities are being de-prioritised, every academic discipline involves some kind of writing. But writing is also that through which we reach for what we do not yet fully comprehend, both in and beyond ourselves, and I think that is what makes it absolutely necessary that writing should not be reduced to an economic function."


Twitter:  @MjaBradshaw

BBC archive of reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviewers/v3mq