PhD student in Creative Writing
Supervisors: Linda Anderson, Tara Bergin, Jacob Polley
Women on the Edge of Landscape
The aim of my research is the generation of a new poetic biography of two Victorian women, a landscape designer, Susan Davidson (1794 -1887), and a botanical artist, Margaret Dickinson (c.1820 -1918), with a view to exploring a series of interconnections between gardening, flowers, metaphor and gender. Juxtaposing historical perspective and contemporary practice, I am investigating the potential of writing ‘in the field’, responding directly to land, flora and season, considering to what extent ‘outside’ might be a fertile liminal space for creativity, identity and agency. Where do women practitioners position themselves in relation to landscape and gardens? What does the natural world offer compared to the domestic?
Contemporary poetry, the spirit of place, creative collaboration, public art, nature memoir.
Teaching on MA Creative Writing and Poetry
Lead tutor for Spring School: Thinking Images, 2017
Essays forthcoming in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing and Yorkshire Year of the Textile publication (both Leeds University)
Commendation for ‘The Screaming Party’, Resurgence Eco-Poetry Prize 2017
Co-organised Borderlands 3, Arts and Ecology Network Conference, Burnlaw, Northumberland, 2017
Panel at Newcastle Poetry Festival, 2017
Paper at English: Shared Futures Conference, Newcastle, 2017
BA (Hons) English/History – University of Leeds