Visiting Lecturer: MA Literature for Children and Young Adults
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Developing Creative Writing projects with MA students. Original writing: fiction; non-fiction; writing for the screen; short story writing; journalistic travel and review writing; ecocentric fiction; nature writing; ecocriticism; blog writing.
A novelist, academic, and qualified teacher, my practice-led research includes representations of nature, exploration of 'ecocentric' fiction and the application and development of theorectical frameworks that can be applied to such fiction. My consultancy and professional practice interests include creative writing, especially prose fiction and screenplay; environmental literature; ecocentric fiction and ecocriticism.
My PhD in Creative Writing involved the production of - and critical reflection upon - fiction which aimed to present the reader with an engaging narrative, while exploring ways in which characters position themselves in relation to 'nature'. The work considers the need identified by ecocritics for narratives which constitute a 'mature environmental aesthetic', while making a 'coherent and positive response to environmental crisis'. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of such endeavour and my work, past and present, engages with subjects from both the Arts and Sciences.