Position: Senior Lecturer in Professional Writing and Scriptwriting
College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject area: Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer in Professional Writing and Scriptwriting
I teach on the BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing degree, and have been teaching at Derby for more than 10 years.
I have 25 years experience as a journalist, working on national and regional newspapers and magazines. I was a member of the Sunday Sentinel team that won the Regional Newspaper of the Year award in 2001. I have also written comedy for TV and radio, for such shows as Tommy Cooper at Large, Weekender, The News Huddlines, and Spitting Image. I briefly ran a film production company making comedy films as corporate team-building events for multi-national companies.
My research interests include multimedia storytelling, humour as a teaching tool, and satire as a political weapon. I am particularly interested in why politicians make poor comedians, and why comedians make excellent politicians.
- Affilliate member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
- BA English and Philosophy BA Hons
- Cert Ed
- Transmedia Storytelling, London Sept 2015
- The Writers' Conference, BBC, Media City, Manchester Agusut 2015.
- Professional Writing, PR and Marketing
- TV, Radio and Cinema scriptwriting