Alison is committed to making her research as engaging and accessible as possible. She has written for the Irish Times, RTÉ and the Guardian, and produced programmes in conjunction with the BBC. Her project on the 1980/81 Long Kesh/Maze Hunger Strikes, co-organised with Dr. Maggie Scull, included a series for the Irish Times and audio recordings of the conference proceedings, which you can listen to here

Writing about girls

Click here (or watch above) to listen to Alison talking about writing for and about girls. This is a recording of an event for International Women’s Day, organised by Women Aloud NI, that was held on 11th March 2021.


Alison worked with BBC NI to put together a series of short programmes on four novels exploring the dangerous thrill of illicit love during the Northern Ireland Troubles. Produced with Jason Martin as part of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels that Shaped Our World’ project and based on the research conducted for Alison’s book on ‘Love Across the Divide’ in the North, these went live on the BBC website on 9th May 2020. You can access these here.

Lucy Caldwell’s girls

Click here (or watch above) to listen to Alison giving a paper entitled, ‘Growing pains: girlhood and Lucy Caldwell’s Multitudes (2016)’. This was put together at the request of Dr. Caroline Magennis, after her event ‘‘From Derry Girls to Wee Sisters: Northern Irish Women’s Lives & Literature’ was cancelled due to COVID-19 disruption. For more from this virtual event, click here.