I joined the Centre for New Writing at Manchester as a Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2017, having previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex. I completed my PhD in 2011, within the cross-discplinary programme of the London Consortium at Birkbeck, University of London. My work moves between fiction, theory, and forms of creative criticism and is broadly informed by interests in film, urban studies, and queer and trans theory. Midland: A Novel Out of Time (Penned in the Margins, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize. My critical monograph, Literature and Film, Dispositioned, explores the twentieth-century encounter between literature and silent film and was completed during a post-doctoral Fellowship at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry between 2012 and 2014. I also write short fiction; a story called 'Home Death' was longlisted for the 2019/20 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize, and in 2021 The Aleph Press published a limited run, two-part hand-sewn collection of some of my fiction, Funny Queer. My second novel, Never Was, will be published by Cipher Press in 2023.
I teach on UG modules in creative writing (fiction) and the MA module Key Issues in Literary and Critical Theory. From September 2023, I will be contributing to the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture by teaching a new module on 'Trans Theory', which includes the option of a creative final assessment for those with a background in creative practice.