PhD, Lancaster University
BA (Hons), University of Liverpool
Certificate in Academic Practice, Lancaster University
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Senior Teaching/Research Associate, Lancaster University; Lecturer in English, University of Cumbria
My work focuses on literary geographies: the ways in which creative writers (primarily poets) think geographically; and the ways in which contemporary theoretical thinking on space, place and landscape can inform critical practices. To date, much of my research has used the multi-layered cultural geography of the Lake District as ground on which to test out theoretical ideas and interdisciplinary approaches. This work on the literature of space and place is situated in three, frequently intersecting, fields of interest: post-war/contemporary British and Irish poetry; Romantic landscape writing; and, increasingly, digital literary geographies.
Lake District Literary Geographies: Mapping the Post-Romantic Spatial Imagination (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)
'Introduction: Poetic Geographies' (with Neal Alexander), in Poetry & Geography: Space & Place in Post-war Poetry, ed. by Neal Alexander and David Cooper (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)
'Envisioning "the Cubist Fells": Ways of Seeing in the Poetry of Norman Nicholson', in Poetry & Geography: Space & Place in Post-war Poetry, ed. by Neal Alexander and David Cooper (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)
'"The Post-Industrial Picturesque"?: Placing and Promoting Marginalized Millom', in The Making of a Cultural Landscape: The Lake District as a Tourist Destination, 1750-2010, ed. by John K. Walton and Jason Wood (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)
‘Spatializing Digital Corpora: Texts, GIS, Places’ (with Ian N. Gregory, Andrew Hardie and Paul Rayson), in Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities, ed. by David J. Bodenhamer (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012).
'Literary Cartography: Texts, Maps & a Coleridgean Notebook', in Mapping Culture(s): Place, Practice and Performance, ed. by Les Roberts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
'Walking, Witnessing, Mapping: An Interview with Iain Sinclair' (with Les Roberts), in Mapping Culture(s): Place, Practice and Performance, ed. by Les Roberts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
'The Processual Intertextuality of Literary Cartographies: Critical and Digital Practices' (with Gary Priestnall), The Cartographic Journal, 48 (2011), 250-62
'Mapping the English Lake District: A Literary GIS' (with Ian N. Gregory), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36 (2011), 89-108. The article was republished in August 2011 in 'The Geographical Imagination': a special 'virtual issue' of Transactions, edited by Stephen Daniels, featuring thirteen 'landmark papers' published in the journal between 1955 and 2011
'GIS, Texts & Images' (with Ian N. Gregory), The Poetess Archive, 2 (2010)
'Thomas Gray, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Geographical Information Systems: A Literary GIS of Two Lake District Tours (with Ian N. Gregory), International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 3 (2009), 61-84
'"Matter Matters": Topographical and Theological Space in the Poetry of Norman Nicholson', Yearbook of English Studies, 39 (2009), 169-85
'The Poetics of Place and Space: Wordsworth, Norman Nicholson and the Lake District', Literature Compass, 5 (2008), 807-21
'Planning Live Events', Living Writers in the Curriculum: A Good Practice Guide, ed. by Vicki Bertram and Andrew Maunder (London: The English Subject Centre, 2005), 16-20
2007-9: ‘Mapping the Lakes: A Literary GIS’. PI: Professor Ian Gregory, Lancaster University. Funder: British Academy.
2009-10: 'Landscape, memories and cultural practices: a GIS/GPS digital heritage mapping network'. Co-ordinator: Dr Julia Hallam, University of Liverpool. Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council.
2012 -: ‘Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places’. PI: Professor Ian Gregory, Lancaster University. Funder: European Research Council.
Before doctoral study, I spent several years working in the arts development sector: first as Arts Officer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere; and then as Literature Development Officer for City of York Council. I also worked as UK Project Manager for 'Crossing Borders': a distance-learning creative writing project organised by the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University in partnership with the British Council. I also spent several years as Chair of the Norman Nicholson Society and was on the Advisory Board for the 'Words by the Water' Literature Festival in Keswick, Cumbria.
I am a director of the interdisciplinary Landscape Research Group; and I sit on the Editorial Board of the Centre for North-West Regional Studies. I am also a member of the British Association for Romantic Studies and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.