Professor Kirsti Bohata

Professor, English Literature

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602795

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Intermediate Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 209
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus


Professor Kirsti Bohata is a leading scholar in the field of Welsh writing in English, and has published on postcolonial theory, queer literature, disability studies and literary geography from the late nineteenth-century to the present. Her most recent book is Disability in Industrial Britain (Manchester University Press, 2020) which is fully open access.

She is Director of CREW (the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) at Swansea University and co-Chair of the Association for Welsh Writing in English. She serves in advisory roles to the Arts Council of Wales, Literature Wales and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Interdisciplinary projects include collaborations with historians, cultural geographers, visual artists, dramatists, and computer scientists, supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust, AHRC and the British Academy.

Professor Bohata welcomes postgraduate research proposals in any of her areas of expertise and is happy to consider interdisciplinary projects.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Welsh Writing in English
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Queer Literature and Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Literary Geography
  • Late-Victorian Literature

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Kirsti Bohata teaches specialist modules on Welsh writing in English at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including a modules on ‘Welsh Gothic’ and another on ‘Gender, Genre and Nation: Women Writing Modern Wales’. She is convenor of a placement module at MA designed to give students immersive experience of working in a cultural, archival or heritage organisation.

She runs an undergraduate module on Postcolonial Literature, and teaches classes on Victorian New Woman feminism, queer archives, postcolonial and feminist drama, and intersectionality.

Her next monograph, on Amy Dillwyn

Kirsti Bohata’s most recent book is the fully open access Disability in Industrial Britain: A Cultural and Literary History of Impairment in the Coal Industry 1880-1948 (Manchester University Press, 2020), arising from the interdisciplinary Wellcome Trust project ‘Disability and Industrial Society’ .

Her next monograph, on Amy Dillwyn, will be published by University of Wales Press alongside a digital edition of Dillwyn’s diaries. This marks the conclusion of a research project which has unearthed Dillwyn’s queer life and writing and has involved a parallel public engagement programme alongside academic publications.  In 2021 she will publish Queer Square Mile, an anthology of queer short stories from Wales from the nineteenth-century to the present.  She is also working on research into rural literature, climate and agriculture.

Between 2016-18, Kirsti Bohata worked on the interdisciplinary digital humanities project, Literary Atlas ( project, funded by the AHRC, and continues her research in literary geography.  She has published widely on Welsh writing in English, the female gothic, queer literature, literary geography and the New Woman in Wales.  Her first book, Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (2004) interrogated postcolonial approaches to Anglophone Welsh literature and revisions to dominant postcolonial paradigms based on the Welsh example remains a reference point for scholars in the field.


Award Highlights
‘Iron on the Dress’ Research as Art Award, 2017

Kirsti Bohata has worked with the School of Geography at Cardiff University on the AHRC-funded Literary Atlas project

She led the literature strand of the Wellcome Trust funded project, Disability and Industrial Society which involved a team from Swansea University working with partners at the universities of Aberystwyth, Glasgow Caledonian and Northumbria.

Kirsti Bohata’s has collaborated with the award-winning visual artists, including the animator Sean Vicary on his interpretation of the cult Young Adult novel, The Owl Service and with the sculptor Mandy Lane on the queer Victorian writer Amy Dillwyn.

She is a member of the Working Group of ‘Culture is Ordinary’, a project created by Peak ( uses the work of the influential cultural critic and novelist Raymond Williams as the basis of a year-long programme of collaboration with rural and post-industrial communities.