I’m a writer and researcher. I’ve written about books for the Guardian, The White Review, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Music and Literature and others. And I’ve talked about them for BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Brighton Film Festival, the BBC College of Production and at many other festivals and events.
At the moment, I’m working on a pair of twinned book projects about the little-known but utterly distinctive 1960s experimental novelist, Ann Quin. The first is a book about her strange, freewheeling and utterly of-the-time life and work. The second is a collection of her previously-unpublished short stories, which have, for the last fifty years or so, sat scattered in boxes and sequestered in drawers in archives and private collections all over the shop. I’m dead chuffed for them to be seeing the light of day. You can take a sneak peek at one of the stories here.
Over the last decade or so, I’ve found myself frequently drawn to the work of Quin and her 1960s contemporaries, who formed a remarkable and weirdly overlooked group of innovative writers which also included B.S. Johnson, Christine Brooke Rose, Brigid Brophy, Alan Burns and others.
I also write frequently about contemporary fiction. You can read an excerpt from my recent interview with Zadie Smith for The White Review here.
Recent awards include fellowships at Indiana University and the University of Illinois. I regularly lecture and teach on topics across modern and contemporary writing.
You can email me on email@example.com