Riddles and Broken Things – Alicia Pollard



Riddles and Broken Things



‘Riddles and Broken Things’ follows three postgraduate students at St. Andrews as they grapple with loss and the unknown after the COVID pandemic. It examines riddles as a potential framework for reality, friendship in times of suffering, and in/breaking as destructive and redemptive, a remaking of vision and reframing of hope.



Alicia Pollard is a storyteller and book-lover who loves fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, and science fiction. She is currently studying for an MLitt in Theology and the Arts at St. Andrews. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring ruined castles and green hilltops, paddle-boarding, and baking scones. Her adventures and musings are chronicled on her blog, aliciapollard.com.


  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.