I am a writer and academic. My fiction tends to explore unsettling landscapes, strange compulsions, dangerous bodies and environmental contamination.
I completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, and my research project was a creative and critical exploration of passing out, which inspired my first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking. My academic research continues to focus on the literary history of swooning. I have interests in contemporary fiction, literary theory, ecology and northern writing/publishing.
I lectured in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex and York St John University, where I was Subject Director for Creative Writing and worked with colleagues within the York Centre of Writing, and am now Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University. I am an experienced creative writing mentor.
I have spent most of my life in Yorkshire: I was born in Bradford, grew up in Dewsbury, and now live in York.
Agent: Sabhbh Curran, Sabhbh.Curran@curtisbrown.co.uk