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Portia Ellis-Woods is a PhD candidate in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her AHRC funded PhD collaborated with BBC NI to analyse the Radio Sound Archive held in Cultra, Northern Ireland. Predominately her thesis concentrates on the historical development of radio drama and features programming of early BBC NI output from 1924 until 1956. Through critical examination of BBC NI’s early radio output the PhD locates an earlier response to how they dealt with the complexities of broadcasting in a location where national and cultural identity are contentious. Follow Portia on Twitter.

Fairies were frequently blamed in Irish culture for events out of the ordinary or scenarios that were difficult to explain.