Biography

I am Visiting Research Fellow with a research specialism in local literary studies.  I have run two short courses, Stoke-in-Print I and II, for Humanities Continuing Education and am working on a monograph 'Pits, Pots & Poets: Stoke-on-Trent's Literary Heritage'.  I am Vice Chair of the Arnold Bennett Society and have a role as Heritage Champion in association with the City Council's 10-year Culture Strategy.  Prior to this I have held posts at Liverpool and Staffordshire Universities and have published on literary theory (deconstruction, feminism) and post-war women's writing.  I have, in addition, a particular interest in food in fiction.

'Diet and Dyspepsia: Food in Arnold Bennett's Fiction' in Arnold Bennett Companion II, ed. John Shapcott (Churnet Valley Books, 2017)

Arthur Berry, Dandelions, ed. with Ray Johnson (North Staffordshire Press, 2015)

'A Brief Story of Postmodern Plot' in Essentials of the Theory of Fiction, ed. Hoffman and Murphy (Duke University Press, 2005)

'Food for the Soul: Reading Mrs Ramsay's Boeuf en Daube' in Transubstantiation, ed. Burnham and Giaccherini (Ashgate, 2004)

A Reader's Guide to A.S. Byatt's Possession (Continuum, 2002)