I am a poet, non-fiction writer, editor and critic, and I have been a member of the creative writing lecturing team at the University of Westminster since January 2019.
After completing my BA in English and History and my MA in English Literature, I undertook my doctoral studies in the School of English at the University of Leeds. During my PhD I worked as an Editorial Assistant at the international quarterly, Stand Magazine, and took on the editorship of the long-running poetry magazine, Poetry and Audience. Alongside this involvement in editing creative work, I also began to publish and perform my own poetry.
After my PhD I started as Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the School of English at Leeds. After two years I took a break from academia to start a family, work in small press publishing, and develop my own writing, before joining Birkbeck College, University of London as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2018. I joined the creative writing team at the University of Westminster in January 2019, where I took up the post of Lecturer in Creative Writing.
Alongside teaching I continue to write and edit. I have recently become an editor at Stand, and my work is published internationally in magazines, journals and anthologies, including POETRY, Bath Magg, Under the Radar, Strix, and Stand. In 2018 I won the York Literature Festival Poetry Prize for the poem 'Haworth, 1855' and in 2019 I won the Newcastle Poetry Prize for the poem 'Juice'. I perform at literary festivals and events around the country, and organise poetry events at the University of Westminster as part of the newly created Soho Poly Poetry Club.
My first full collection of poems is forthcoming with Carcanet/Northern House.
I currently teach on Reflective Writing 1 and 2 (level 4 and level 5), Writing Life (level 6), and Forms of Writing: Poetry (level 5). I also supervise a number of undergraduate and MA writing projects
My PhD, which was funded by an AHRC block grant, was entitled The Promise and Burden of History: The Post-War poetics of Jon Silkin, Geoffrey Hill, and Tony Harrison. It drew on archival material and critical and creative writing to explore the relationship of Silkin, Hill and Harrison to the Holocaust, the Second World War, and the dropping of the A-Bomb, and examined how the creative process might be affected by the witnessing of atrocity. Taking up a strand of this study, after completing my PhD I went on to explore the legacy of First World War poets such as Isaac Rosenberg on the work and style of post WW2 poets. I remain interested in the creative legacy of war poetry on contemporary writing, and continue to research and publish on this subject.
In my creative work I am also interested in how best to make use of historical records and archival material in poetry. My current creative interests include the global history of pregnancy, representations of motherhood and pregnancy, depicting miscarriage and abortion in art and poetry, and medicine and the female body.