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Biography

My primary research interests are in contemporary writing and ageing studies. My current research is concerned with three main areas: ageing, illness and care in cultural and literary narratives; ageing and childhood in children's literature; and science and speculative fictional explorations of age, ageing and rejuvenation. 

I am the Co-Director for the Dementia and Cultural Narrative Network. I am the Primary Research Collaborator on the project 'Ageing and Illness in British and Japanese Children's Picturebooks 1950-2000: Historical and Cross-Cultural perspectives', funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (9880000 yen). 

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2008, having taught previously at a number of universities, including The Open University. I was awarded a PhD on the novels of Michèle Roberts from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. I also completed a PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 2002. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Contemporary speculative writing
  • Ageing, illness and care in contemporary culture and narrative
  • Narrating dementia
  • Gendering age
  • The lifecourse in children's literature
  • Contemporary picturebooks

Research Degree Supervision

I am currently main supervisor for three PhD students. Their topics are creative writing: fantasy and illness; writing prostitution in South Asia; and writing Grand Cayman. 

I am main supervisor for three MA by Research students. They are researching: science fiction and noir; the working-class short story; and masculninity in the short story. 

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