I studied at Bangor University (BA, MA) and Wolverhampton University (PhD, PGCE). Previously divided between English and Cultural Studies, I’m now the course leader for the BA (Hons) in English. I teach the first-year drama module, Making a Scene, Shakespeare and the English Renaissance and ‘We Are Many’: Literature and Protest in the second year, and Positions in the third year. I also share the department’s Twitter account, @wlv_english as well as @awwetweets, the Association for Welsh Writing in English’s account.
I’ve recently supervised undergraduate dissertations on literary pirates, Welsh literature, working-class fiction and Shakespeare’s problem plays. I currently supervise 4 PhD students researching urban gothic romance, fan fiction, Zelda Fitzgerald’s writing and paintings, and Black Country psychogeographies. I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students related to my research interests.
I am an amateur photographer, a fencer, referee and team manager, as well as serving on the committees of Shropshire Fencing and West Midlands fencing. I’m also a keen cyclist: you may spot me squeezed gracelessly into Lycra atop my Moulton on most days.
I am a co-founder of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, and a contributor to the Birmingham Literature Festival. I am currently the external examiner for English and Combined Studies at the Open University centre in Newham, London. I am also the Secretary of the Association for Welsh Writing in English / Cymdeithas Llên Saesneg Cymru.