Recent years have seen the rise of practice-based/-led PhDs in geography. While diverse in format, these PhDs all recognise creative practices as forms of knowledge making. They are related to the discipline’s wider embrace of creative practices within the research process, from experiments with creative research methods as a means, to the generation of data for artistic research wherein practice is the research process. These creative geographies have co-emerged with non-representational theories, whose concerns with affect, practice and embodiment has furthered creative practices within geography. These PhDs are far from straightforward for students and supervisors, raising important questions around knowledge, judgement and linguistic imperialism. In this interlude, Hawkins and Hughes reflect on the challenges, practices, support mechanisms and possibilities for these PhDs.