About the Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Oliver Langmead is a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow, where he is researching Terraforming and ecological philosophy. His long-form poem, Dark Star, was featured in the Guardian’s Best Books of 2015, and in 2018 he was the writer in residence at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.


Katarina O’Dette is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, where her research centres on fantasy television, genre studies, and media industry studies. Her research can be found in Fantastika Journal, Slayage, and A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction, and forthcoming in Extrapolation.

Emma French (she/her) is a SGSAH-funded PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, currently studying for a PhD in Fantasy Literature. Her thesis examines how Dungeons & Dragons consolidates notions of fantasy, while also giving players the agency to subvert established genre convention. She graduated from Oriel College at the University of Oxford in 2015, and from the University of Glasgow with an MLitt in Fantasy in 2019. She brings two cats to the Mapping the Impossible committee, named Jester and Vex.

Lucinda Holdsworth is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, where her research centres on contemporary depictions of the devil and trauma. She holds an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow and a BA in English Literature from the University of Nottingham.

Grace Ann Thomas Worm (she/they) is a 2nd year PhD researcher on Female Fantasy in Tamora Pierce’s fantasy world of Tortall with a focus on gender, race, class, ecology, and new medievalism in contemporary American Young Adult Fantasy.  Grace is an accredited and experienced English Literature and Rhetoric International Bachelorette secondary teacher.  

Press Officers

Hannah Barton is a Postgraduate student for the University of Glasgow’s Fantasy Literature department. Her interests include all things weird, music, video games, D&D, and a hot cup of coffee.

Judith Schofield is an author, poet and postgraduate student of Fantasy within the University of Glasgow. She writes and reads queer and feminist genre fiction, with a particular passion for the Weird.

Special Thanks

All illustrations are by Lois Langmead.

Mapping the Impossible was founded by Oliver Langmead, Emma French and Katarina O’Dette with help kindly provided by our sister publication, Press Start, and the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic.