Kathryn Crowcroft is a writer, cultural historian, and twice awarded Gates Cambridge Scholar. She holds a PhD in medieval and early modern medical history and literature from the University of Cambridge. She is the recipient of the John Kinsella prize for poetry, and the Brewer Hall poetry prize at Cambridge, and her poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems anthology (2012), The Australian national newspaper, Visual Verse, and other media. She has given readings in Melbourne, Cambridge, and Iklectik Art Gallery in London at One Day Without Us in solidarity with migrant workers in the UK. She is currently writing a book based on her doctoral research on the western cultural history of the mouth and tongue, represented by the Wylie Agency.


I am currently Research Assistant to Dr Elizabeth Swann in the Crossroads of Knowledge Project at the Centre of Research for the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge (CRASSH). I am interested in exploring the limits of the allegorical form through the genres of historical criticism, creative non-fiction, modern cultural criticism, and memoir. My work examines the reaches of mendacity and its relationship to illness and disease on both inter-personal and socio-political scales. My writing examines how we understand falsity and truth in the context of anatomy, psychology (memory, imagination), story telling and our individual and cultural pasts.