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. My thesis, 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.
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. While there I became involved in the University-run creative journal Mechanics' Institute Review as a poetry consultant and editor. 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. I also perform at literary festivals and events around the country.
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
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.