After a short visit with Suzanna, I went to Leeds for a few days stay to hole up in campus library. I was so impressed that it’s now open 24/7! My first annual progression meeting is this week and there’s a lot of last minute preparation to do, refining my research questions, actually reading all those books I’ve been cautiously citing for the past year… Surrounded by all those words, I felt I’d been swallowed by the whale of academia.
My only conversations during this time were when I passed another AirBnB guest staying on the sofa beside the kettle, and Ali at the fish and chip shop. That meant that at all other times I was living inside my PhD work, walking the streets muttering about embodiment theory and counting off points on my fingertips. A number of books on my topics had already been checked out – I’ve long thought that there should be an option within library systems, where you can sign up to be contactable by someone who finds they’re looking into similar notions as you. A sort of nerd matchmaking service.
Then, gloriously, I returned to Suzanna’s house and met some of her friends. One is the librarian at a school in Guernsey and told us that she’d put a copy of our book on their shelves! Once home, she forwarded us this picture, and my response was an incoherent astonishment that came out in a blaring gaaaaaahhh noise, like a very pleased foghorn.