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Research Interests My main academic interest remains in the fields of contemporary fiction (UK and US), women’s experimental writing and globalisation. I am interested in forms of fiction that articulate the economic present and the effects of globalisation. I have recently completed two novels that critique neoliberalism and the impact of economic policy on place. The first, Dry River, was published by Bridge House Publishing in 2023 and is being read in book clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. Granite Rock and Other Stories, a short story collection produced in 2019 as an inaugural Artist in Residence at John Rylands Library, is forthcoming from Bridge House. My first co-authored, non-fiction book, ‘I Was Content and Not Content’: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry, chronicled one working woman’s experience of plant closure, examining issues of the local and global through a hybrid construct (oral history, photographs, historical essay, methodology and creative nonfiction). The book was called ‘compassionate and sorely needed’ by The New York Times and nominated for the OHA Book Award. That project awakened my interest in economic fictions (or ‘economising fictions’), which I am now writing on critically; it also drew on my long arc in the fields of oral history and folklore. I am keen for narrative and its uses—in application, in theory—including narratology and the role of time in narrative, the subject of my critical thesis (on Ali Smith and Jennifer Egan). I am currently returning to my non-fiction roots, a book based on my three-year project using story to work with inmates at a rural correctional facility in the US, featuring a performance aimed at at-risk youth. My fiction, nonfiction, reviews and poetry have appeared additionally in streetcake, Cicatrice, The Manchester Review, Route 57, The Wandering Bard, The Puckerbrush Review, Dandelion Review, Island Journal, extimacy, The Independent, The Monitor and The Manchester Anthology.
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics Creative-critical projects in contemporary British and American fiction, women's experimental writing, globalisation, narrative and narratology, creative industries, expressions of neoliberalism and the effects of economics in the novel.