Louise Haywood

Louise Haywood (Trinity Hall/University of Cambridge) is an academic, quiltmaker and aspiring textile artist. As Professor in Medieval Iberian Cultural and Literary Studies she works on issues relating to humour, the body, identity and the collective. She makes textile art reflecting concerns with space and place and exploring the divine feminine, is a member of the Eastern Region Textile Forum and writes a very occasional blog on textiles and mental health. She is a member, with Cambridge colleagues Georgina Evans and Isabelle McNeill, of Tactics and Praxis, a group exploring intersections between academic work and creative practice as part of a feminist, ethical response to academic institutions (


Haywood weaves a feminist love song to her wyrde kinde from grief,  embracing poetic communities through time and space.

Determined to reclaim their enthusiasm and energy for research and teaching, three scholars test using creative praxis in their institutional space to resist the patriarchal and neoliberal pressures in today’s university.


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