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Above image from Rachel Maclean's 'Dr. Cute' Reading group Following the success of our AWW-STRUCK seminar, linked exhibition curated by Astra Papachristodoulou on Poem Atlas and publication in May, we're thrilled to bring you an online reading group event with special guest (and AWW-STRUCK contributor) Dr Joshua Paul Dale on 8 December, 5-7pm GMT. Joshua has curated a selection... Continue Reading →

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We're excited to present this multidisciplinary publication documenting the AWW-STRUCK seminar and accompanying online exhibition of visual poetry on the Poem Atlas website. The publication features a wide range of poetic and critical responses to cuteness by UK-based and international poets and academics including Sascha Akhtar, Derek Beaulieu, CD Boyland, Sarah Cave, Jenna Clake, Matt... Continue Reading →

Our Introductory Speakers

Professor Redell Olsen is the director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway. A poet and writer who often works with film and performance, bookworks, visual media and hybrid creative-critical texts (such as her recent essay for the volume Artistic Research and Literature), her publications include Film Poems and Punk Faun: A Bar Rock... Continue Reading →


As part of our AWW-STRUCK seminar, we're thrilled to screen Dr Sharlene Teo's short film, ESSENTIAL ANIMAL. ESSENTIAL ANIMAL is a short film commissioned by the Singapore National Arts Council in 2020 in response to a creative brief about the effects of COVID 19 on artistic production. It tells the story of a Sylvanian lion... Continue Reading →

Poem Atlas Collaboration

Poem Atlas is an exciting online exhibition space and event series for anyone interested in the visual possibilities of poetry. It was founded in 2019 by Astra Papachristodoulou, a recent graduate of the Poetic Practice MA at Royal Holloway, and its supporters include The Poetry Society and National Poetry Library.  Astra is curating an ‘Aww-Struck’... Continue Reading →


A Cute Studies starter reading list focusing on the Arts and Humanities, from Sianne Ngai’s influential book Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting to journal articles, blogs and collections from presenters and attendees at Aww-Struck. This list is a work in progress, so please send your suggestions to or tweet @cutestudies.   Leslie Bow (2019)... Continue Reading →

Call for Papers

A virtual day seminar co-hosted by the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway, University of London aww-struck adj. the state of being overcome, surrounded or inspired by cuteness; to be filled with wonder at cute persons, nonhuman animals or objects (often edible); rendered speechless; unable to resist the impulse to coo or to stroke (sometimes... Continue Reading →

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