Echoes of Billy the Kid

  • Lynda S. Robertson

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


‘Echoes of Billy the Kid’ is a multi-layered exploration of an area of New Mexico and the people who inhabited it in the latter part of the nineteenth century, using historical record, poetry, prose and original customized imagery.
Into this volatile environment enters a wealthy Scotsman James Cree and his son of the same name who purchase large tracks of land to rear cattle. The Crees encounter a cast of characters including Colonel Albert J. Fountain, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid and several ruthless individuals.
The titular ‘echoes’ refer to the fragmentary traces of the outlaw William H. Bonney, extrapolated from archive material and linked imaginatively to the spirit world, to the natural world, to the thoughts, dreams and deeds of those who remained, more widely to ideas about death and the way these echoes continue from one century to the next.
Date of Award16 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Winchester
SupervisorAndrew Melrose (Supervisor), Vanessa Harbour (Supervisor) & Stevie Simkin (Supervisor)


  • Cree
  • Billy the Kid
  • poetry
  • prose
  • imagery
  • New Mexico
  • Scotland

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