I am currently in the third year of a full-time Creative Writing PhD at Newcastle University. Supported by an AHRC Northern Bridge studentship, my practice-led research project is a new investigation into regional identity and belonging as manifested in contemporary poetry of the North-East. The main ‘output’ of my research will be an original volume of poetry – which I later intend to publish as my first, full-length collection – alongside a substantial critical exegesis on the work of a suite of mid-late twentieth-century North-East poets.
Principally extending discourse within the discipline of Creative Writing, my project also touches on regionalism, linguistics and anthropology and is underpinned by a methodology which fuses perambulatory practice with archive research, live readings and collaborative experimentation.
Building on my previous academic experience at the University of Chester, where I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing with English in 2009 and an MA in Creative Writing in 2010, my academic career has also enjoyed the benefit of teaching at both Newcastle and Chester, as well as working a number of affiliated roles in Student Support. I have read my poems, delivered conference papers and spoken in various other forums at: Queen’s University, Belfast; Wrexham Glyndŵr University; the University of Sunderland and Durham University.