Allison Aylward profile

Allison Aylward


Allison holds a PhD in Politics from Queen’s University Belfast that focuses on discursive legitimisation of the Colombian peace process (2012-2016), an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict, a BA in Spanish, and a BA in International Relations. She currently works in learning development in higher education, specialising in academic skills support and development. She is also a writer, focusing on short stories, food and culture, and ex-pat life as an American in Belfast. In her free time you can find her practicing yoga, tackling cooking projects and making as much from scratch as possible, learning Irish, writing, and reading multiple books at once.


The best writers are really the best editors. Drafts are your opportunity to get ideas out, get creative, get messy, and then shape them into a cohesive narrative during the editing process. Try not to agonise over every word – enjoy the process of writing and then the process of refining it!