Professor Kirstie Blair

Head Of School

School of Humanities

Personal statement

I moved to Strathclyde in August 2016 after seven years at the University of Glasgow as lecturer and Senior Lecturer, following by three years as a Chair at the University of Stirling. My main research expertise is in Victorian literature and culture, particularly poetry and poetics, Scottish Victorian popular culture and literature, working-class writing, literature and religion, and literature and medicine. I also have growing research and teaching interests in children's literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

In 2015-16 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to complete a monograph on Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community. I have recently completed an anthology of Scottish Victorian newspaper verse, The Poets of the People's Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS, 2016), and am currently CI on a Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant with the University of Glasgow, 'The People's Voice: Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832-1918'.


DPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2003

Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Oxford, 2004

MPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2000

Kennedy Scholarship, Harvard University, 1997-8

MA, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 1997


Working Verse in Victorian Scotland : Poetry, Press, Community
Blair Kirstie
The Scottish nursery muse : Scottish poetry and the children's verse tradition in the Victorian period
Blair Kirstie
The Land of Storybooks (2019) (2019)
Dialect, region, class, work
Blair Kirstie
The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry (2019) (2019)
'Whose cry is Liberty, and Fatherland' : Kossuth, Garibaldi and European nationalism in Scottish political poetry
Blair Kirstie
Scottish Literary Review Vol 10, pp. 71-94 (2018)
The People's William and the People's Poets : William Gladstone and the Midlothian Campaign
Blair Kirstie
Advertising poetry, the working-class poet, and the victorian newspaper press
Blair Kirstie
Journal of Victorian Culture Vol 23, pp. 103-118 (2018)

more publications


The People’s Friend? Recovering Scottish Popular Magazine Culture (CDP)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator) Goldie, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022
Mutual Improvement Society Magazines and Victorian Periodical Culture
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online: Materials, Minute Books and Manuscipts, 1800-1914
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018
Literary Cultures, Social Networks and the Victorian Railway Worker (Elizabeth Adams)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2020
Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee (Erin Farley)
Blair, Kirstie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018

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