Doctoral Student in Creative Writing
- Professor Bill Herbert
- Dr Alex Niven
- Dr Paul Batchelor (Durham)
The Swift Flight of a Sparrow: Poems Belonging to the Palimpsest of North-East England
My research project seeks to utilise the concept of the palimpsest as both a metaphor and model in which to simultaneously write an original collection of poetry pertaining to a North-East identity and as a means of critiquing a suite of twentieth-century North-East poets in an innovative context. Placing my own poems within a canon of North-East literary genealogies, from Bede to Bunting and beyond, I intend to demonstrate that 'belonging' (in a Maslowian sense) to a North-East regional identity is congruous with 'palimpsestuousness'; and that, as a result, a plurality of regional identities and associated literary manifestations might in fact destabilise traditional (and, to my mind, restrictive) notions of a static North-East identity.
Poetry, especially contemporary British and Irish poetry and twentieth-century poets from the North-East; Creative Writing; the history of North-East England, especially South Tyneside; walking, especially perambulation as method; landscape; psychogeography; illuminated manuscripts; the legacy of Bede and the 'Golden Age' of Northumbria; literary journals; Flash Fiction; littoral and coastal geographies; myth and folklore, especially in Northern England; folk music and ballad; the legacy and contemporaneous experience of the Durham Miners' Gala; DIY punk music and culture; representations of football in literature.
- I have given poetry readings widely across the UK, including: the Newcastle Poetry Festival (2016); at the Next Generation Poets Tour (Newcastle, 2015); for the launch of The Rialto issue 83 (London, 2015); at Café Writers (Norwich, 2012) as well as at a number of other events across the North-East and North-West of England and internationally, including with the Swallows Foundation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
- With fellow PhD candidate, Joanne Clement, I organise the poetry reading series, 'Haliwerfolc'.
I have published two pamphlets of poetry: The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Arts Editions North, 2015) and Definitions of Distance (Red Squirrel Press, 2012). Other poems, articles, essays and reviews have appeared in magazines and journals such as: Alliterati, Anon; Brittle Star; Butcher's Dog; Cadaverine; Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine; Hark; Ink, Sweat and Tears; The Interpreter's House; Iota; The Journal (Newcastle); The Northern Correspondent; The Ofi Press and The Rialto.
PUBLISHING AND EDITING
I am a founding co-editor of the poetry magazine, Butcher's Dog. I edited issue 7 in spring 2016 and I also edited issue 3 in 2014. While an undergraduate student at the University of Chester, I co-edited the department's Creative Writing magazine, Pandora's Box; and also set up Albatross Magazine.
COMMISSIONS, EXHIBITIONS AND RESIDENCIES
- Northern Landscapes: Picture Poems (Ex Libris Gallery, NCLA Newcastle Poetry Festival, May 2016)
- Stringing Bedes: A Poetry and Print Pilgrimage (HLF/Bede's World, Jarrow, February 2016)
- Moving Minds (Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, February 2016)
- The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (Write Around The Toon, NCLA, 2015)
- Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory of the Sefton Coast (University of Sunderland/Sefton Coastal Partnership/Sefton Borough Council, 2014-15)
- Swallows Foundation Winter School (Eastern Cape South Africa, February-March 2013)
- So Shields (Grit and Pearl/South Tyneside Council, 2011-2012)
I have presented papers at the annual HaSS first year conference (Newcastle University, June 2016); at Glyndŵr University's 'Tales We Tell' conference (February 2015); and at the University of Chester English Department's annual staff conference (2015).
- AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship (2015-18)
- Andrew Waterhouse Award, New Writing North (2011)
- MA in Creative Writing (Distinction), University of Chester, 2011
- BA in Creative Writing with English (2:1), University of Chester, 2009