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Dr Bernie Byrnes

Senior Research Fellow

Bernie Byrnes


Bernie is an established theatrical practitioner, a film and theatre critic, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Guild of Directors. She has staged work nationally and internationally. 

Bernie gained her PhD in 2000 in English Literary Criticism and Psychodynamics (The Work of Ian McEwan: A Psychodynamic Approach) which is published by Pauper's Press. She has also published several articles in journals on the same topic, as well as addendums covering his later published work. Bernie's work on Ian McEwan is widely cited in academic articles.

In addition to her work on Ian McEwan, Bernie's ongoing academic research interests include Urban Playscapes, which began life as a post-doctoral research project: ‘Changing Our Toon: Youth, Nightlife and Urban Change in Newcastle, Newcastle University Press  (2001)’, which looked at ways to encourage vulnerable communities to access the Arts to combat social exclusion. This work has formed the basis of several professionally produced theatre productions and a number of short stories.

Research Interests:

PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies to foster sOcial and eOconomic inclusioN) is an European Union Interreg VA funded project being run by the Enterprise and Innovation team, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth. 

Teaching responsibilities

H.E. Performing Arts (BA) – Portsmouth University – 2012 - ongoing / Chichester University - 2002 – 2003 & 2017 - 2018

H.E English (BA & MA) – Newcastle University – 1995 - 2002

F.E English – Portsmouth College – Sessional / Highbury College – Sessional

F.E. BTech Performing Arts – Coulsdon College, Coulsdon – 2010 – 2011 / Middlesborough College  - 2008 - 2009

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