Position: Lecturer in Creative Writing
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
Subject area: Creative Writing
Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation
Lecturer in Creative Writing
I teach on the BA Creative Writing programme and the MA in Humanities.
From 2004 until 2013 I was Editor of the poetry journal Poetry Nottingham which in 2009 was rebranded as ASSENT and secured funding from the University's Humanities department. Other freelance literary activities have included: membership of Editorial Board and Reviews Editor for Staple Magazine; Nottinghamshire Poet Laureate; publication of poems, poetry reviews and critical essays in London Magazine, Acumen, Critical Survey, Staple, The Swansea Review, Tears in the Fence, Other Poetry, Orbis, Rialto, Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter's House and many other places in the literary press.
20th Century poetry, in particular the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Patrick Kavanagh, Norman McCaig and Philip Larkin.
My most recent published collection of poems, Bed Time Reading, is a creative reflection on the act of reading canonical works of literature, the impact on the individual reader at the time of their youth, and the change in this impact on re-reading in later life.
Effective teaching of poetry is the prime motivation for my research. I am particularly interested in the exemplary power of great and time honoured poetry to inspire students of poetry - an approach to be used in tandem with the "writing exercise/prompt" method. I am presently compiling an anthology of poems I have used in class, together with critical commentary.
Subsequently I have written further poetic reflections on literary greats including Leo Tolstoy and George Eliot.
These aspects of my research will have their creative expression in my forthcoming collection of poems - "Downshifting" - to be published by Five Leaves Press in February 2016. The book will also contain many autobiographical poems including aspects of my childhood and working life before entering academia. The six sections reflect tonal as well as thematic groupings and distinctions. The whole will represent my most wide ranging and ambitious work to date.
Fellow of THE Higher Education Academy
BA (Hons) English, University College, Swansea
- Bed Time Reading. Five Leaves Press (2011)
- Contains Mild Peril. Five Leaves Press (2008)
- One Man Queue. Leafe Press (2004)
- The Blameless Life. Nottingham Poetry Society (1997)
Downshifting (forthcoming - February 2016)
I am also employed as an Associate lecturer on the Creative and Professional Writing Programme at Nottingham University.