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Biography

I am a literary geographer with a special interest in helping students engage with geography as a discipline, with teaching methods across all years, and with developing the 'humanities' end of geography. I completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Cambridge University in 2018. Since then I have taught human geography and social science methods at the Brunel, LSE, Reading, York and Coventry. I am an editor of Literary Geographies, a book review editor of Social and Cultural Geography, and an associate editor of Transfers.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research focuses on more-than-representational approaches to understand the performative nature of literary reading and writing and its role in co-producing communities, identities and spaces. I have published in Literary Geographies, Social and Cultural Geography, cultural geographies, and Transfers, as well as edited collections published with Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and Bristol University Press.

I am currently writing a book for University of Wales Press's Literary Geography: Theory and Practice series, which tells the story of the steady transformation of the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes from a ‘nostalgic country of the mind’ into a space which blurs the boundaries of actual and fictional. This transformation was driven by the collaborative, geographically-attuned reading practices of Sherlockians in the late-twentieth century. In telling this tale, it provides an explanation of the development and meaning of literary geography’s key theories and practices for lay and academic audiences. 

Teaching Interests

I have a particular interest in helping young geographers develop within the discipline, an interest which I pursue as module leader of the Yr 1 Geographical Perspectives module and through teaching on methods modules across undergraduate and masters-level geography courses.