I am a doctoral student, freelance writer and illustrator, librettist, and experienced workshop facilitator within the arts and arts education. Areas of special interest and expertise include: poetry; opera-making; fairy tales, folklore and storytelling; creative collaboration and partnerships; the development of multi-platform and partner projects; site-specific art and interventions; engagement with place and landscape. Since 2002 I have devised and led workshop in schools, museums, and the wider community.
University of Manchester
Postgraduate Research Student – Sep 2014 to present
Working within the Centre for Writing I write poetry and short fiction and research the function of underground in the Soviet fairy tales of Pavel Bazhov. Supervisors: Dr Vona Groarke and Dr Carol Mavor. Recipient of funding award from the University’s School for Arts, Language and Culture.
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
M.A. in Opera Making Programme – Visiting Student, 2014 to 2015
I worked with the composer Oliver Leith to create the chamber opera Isabella.
University of Sussex
M.A. in Creative Writing & Personal Development (Distinction), 2009
B.A. in History & Russian Civilization: Double Major, 2002
Recipient of the Vera Lee Brown Prize for excellence in history
RESEARCH INTERESTS & PROJECTS
- The Voicings Collective: founder member of this Arts Council England-funded company, dedicated to creating exploratory new music theatre.
- Digging deep: the enchanted underground in Pavel Bazhov’s 1939 collection of magic tales, The Malachite Casket. (My thesis on Soviet literary fairy tales.)
- Scandal, storytelling and Siberia: a poetic interrogation of the life of Victorian explorer, missionary and writer, Kate Marsden.
- The Four Quarters: an arts collaboration based on the exploration and interpretation of Parson’s Wood in the Sussex Weald.