I am a PhD candidate and undergraduate tutor at the University of Edinburgh, researching modernist consciousness in the post-crash Irish novel. This focuses on authors including Eimear McBride, Mike McCormack, Anakana Schofield, Kevin Barry and Anna Burns. My PhD is funded by the Wolfson Foundation.
My article on modernist aesthetics in Schofield’s novels Malarky and Martin John appeared in the journal C21 Literature in Spring 2018.
I have an article on McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing forthcoming in a 2019 issue of HJEAS: The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
I have presented on my research at conferences at the University of Malta, at KU Leuven and at the University of Leeds.
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.
Two of my articles have been published on 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 have 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 have published a video of my presentation here.
Other academic work
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.