Miss Karen Sandhu

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Personal profile

Karen Sandhu is currently completing her PhD in contemporary poetry and artists’ books at Royal Holloway. She is an AHRC TECHNE Associate and an Associate Member of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway.  Her poetry has been published by The Archive of the Now, Opon, HOW2, and BlazeVOX. She has collaborated with the ICA (London) and performed at Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Arnolfini (Bristol). She has also written for The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books and her bookworks have been exhibited at The Showroom (London) and Galerie éof (Paris).

Research interests

Her research interests include: artists' books and visual arts, avant-garde and contemporary poetry, philosophy and art, experimental live performance and theatre, collaborative artistic practices, archives as sites for performance, curation of art and poetry.

Educational background

Karen Sandhu graduated in English Literature from Royal Holloway in 2007 and completed a MA in Poetic Practice in 2009. She completed a PGCE in English in 2011 as part of the Teach First programme. She was awarded a College Studentship in 2017 to complete a PhD in artists' books and contemporary poetics, focusing on the concept of the artwork as 'irritant'.


Since 2012, Karen Sandhu has been teaching A-Level English Language and Literature at St. Charles Sixth Form College, London.

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