I am a writer and academic. My fiction tends to explore unsettling landscapes, strange compulsions, dangerous bodies and contamination. My academic research currently focuses on the literary history of swooning, though I have broad interests in contemporary fiction, literary theory, ecology and northern writing/publishing.
I was born in Bradford and grew up in Dewsbury. I read English at the University of Cambridge and spent several years working in publishing before completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. My AHRC-sponsored research project was a creative and critical exploration of passing out. I have since lectured in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex and York St John University, where I am Subject Director for Creative Writing. I work alongside creative writing colleagues within the York Centre of Writing. I live in York with my partner and daughter.
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