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Personal profile


I grew up in Norwich, and went to the Hewett comprehensive school and City College. I began a degree in English in East London, but left during my first year and returned to Norwich, and to school, to re-take my A levels. I tried university again as a mature student, and studied Theology and Philosophy at Cambridge University. In 2002, I moved to London to train as an English teacher at The Institute of Education, and then taught English and Drama at a secondary school in Forest Gate, East London. In 2007, I moved back to Norwich to study for an MA and PhD at UEA.

Teaching Interests

I have taught on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including: Modernism, Fiction 'After' Modernism, Living Modernism, Critical Theory, The Short Story, Contemporary Fiction, Feminist Writing and Three Women Writers. I am a member of the LDC Decolonising Working Group: on modules that I run, such as Modernism and Feminist Writing, I have revised the curriculum in light of this important work.

I am interested in the connection between student writing and well-being. When working in the Learning Enhancement Team, together with my colleague Zoe Jones, I wrote about my work in this area for the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Redactologie.

I enjoy supervising UG and PG students, and welcome contact from those whose research interests connect with any area of my teaching (please also see my research interests below).

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Association.

Key Research Interests

My research interests include: Twentieth-Century Literature; Modernism; experimental aesthetics and forms; feminism, gender and sexuality; literature and madness; representations of ageing; issues of archive and recovery research; Ann Quin; Doris Lessing; Muriel Spark.

I am lead researcher for a project on Doris Lessing's Collected Letters and Academic Curator of the Doris Lessing Archive at UEA. I am also co-investigator on a Networking Project (with Kaye Mitchell, Manchester University) entitled Gendered Experiments: Refiguring the Category of ‘Women’s Experimental Writing’. In collaboration with Goldsmiths University, I am lead organiser of a CHASE training programme for PhD researchers which focuses on Decolonising Methodologies for “Recovery” and Archival Research in the C21.

I am a member of the Modern and Contemporary Research Group and part of the organising team for the Modern and Contemporary research seminar series. I am also a member of the Medical and Health Humanities Network at UEA, and, externally, the British Association for Modernist Studies, the French Society for Modernist Studies (SEM), and the British Association for Contemporary Literature Studies.

I am Editor of English, the Journal of the English Association (OUP). 

Administrative Posts

I am Senior Adviser in LDC, and Widening Participation Champion, where my focus is on supporting student mental health and wellbeing.

I co-lead the Community Building workstream for LDC's Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. I am a member of the HUM Student Experience Group, the UEA Wellbeing Interest Network and the UEA Inclusivity Network Project.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality