PhD student with WAM. Caroline, a poet and artist, lectures in Drama at the Department of Social Science and Design, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. She previously worked as a social care practitioner with young people in residential care. She holds a Masters in Child and Youth Care and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Her research interest is in community engagement and social gerontology, specifically women and ageing, using arts based mediums such as poetry, storytelling, film, drama and art as inquiry tools of discovery. Caroline’s WAM PhD will utilise poetry inquiry to explore older women’s’ perspectives on the social construction of ageing in Irish society.