Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester’s longest running music festival.
During lockdown Kirsty collaborated with United We Stream and Jazz North to pivot the entirety of Manchester Jazz Festival’s 25th anniversary festival online.
A speaker, author and curator, Kirsty’s current research areas centre on the intersections of popular culture, celebrity studies and popular music with an emphasis on the life and legacy of Prince. Kirsty has published widely on popular culture and is the co-editor of Prince and Popular Culture, The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture.
Kirsty’s work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she is a regular commentator on popular culture featuring on BBC News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Manchester, and in The Guardian and Creative Review amongst others.
Kirsty is the co-curator of Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film and curator of In Her View: Women Documentary Filmmakers film seasons at HOME, Manchester.