I hold a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. I passed my viva in December 2019 and my PhD was formally awarded in 2020. My thesis examined modernist consciousness in the post-crash Irish novel. This focused on authors including Eimear McBride, Mike McCormack, Anakana Schofield, Kevin Barry and Anna Burns. My PhD was funded by the Wolfson Foundation.
- Visit my profile on the University of Edinburgh website.
- Visit my academia.edu profile
- View my publications on ORCiD
- On modernist aesthetics in the works of Anakana Schofield in C21 Literature (2018)
- On Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing in HJEAS: The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (2019)
- On Anna Burns, Sally Rooney and ‘The Celtic Phoenix’ in Alluvium (2021)
- Read my review of the 2018 Irish Studies conference at KU Leuven in The Modernist Review here.
I also have an academic interest in fantasy, Weird, and sci-fi literature. My article on Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy appeared in the Maltese journal antae in 2018.
During my PhD I wrote for University of Edinburgh blog platform Inciting Sparks:
- The Song of a Poet: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and the Boundaries of Literature
- City of Literature? Opposing Cuts to Edinburgh Public Libraries
I vlogged about my experiences as a PhD researcher on my YouTube channel. I presented a PechaKucha talk about this vlog to the 2017 ‘LLC Blethers’ event. Inciting Sparks published a video of my presentation here.
Other academic work
I currently combine technical with academic expertise as a Learning Technologist for the school of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to my PhD, I worked with academic research, blogs, events and repositories in my role as a Digital Resources Assistant for the School of Advanced Study at the University of London (see ‘Work’ tab, above) from 2015-16. I also worked for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences web team at the University of Edinburgh as an editorial assistant, in 2015.
I previously completed an MSc in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh (with distinction). My dissertation title was ‘Stream of Consciousness in the British and Irish novel 2010-2015’
My undergraduate MA was in English Language and Literature, also from Edinburgh, in 2012. I graduated with first-class honours. My dissertation title was ‘Mirrors of Worlds: is a Secondary World by necessity an allegorical or satiric comment on the Primary World?’.
Mervyn Peake’s leading biographer, G. Peter Winnington added my undergraduate dissertation to his online database of Peake criticism, Peake in Print, which can be located here.
In 2012 I also received a Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship for a six-week creative writing project, details of which can be found under the ‘Writing’ tab, above.