Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture
I direct the English department’s Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture, running a full programme of guest speakers, reading groups, workshops, and poetry readings.
Contemporary Studies Network (CSN)
As chair of CSN, I co-convene a bi-monthly reading group based in Birmingham but with sessions throughout the midlands and the north. We also run a range of activities and public events, which have included a series of film screenings on the 2016 US election, an email ‘roundtable’ discussion on the cultural meaning of the Anthropocene, and a special issue of C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings. In 2019, we are planning a series of events on contemporary ideas about and reactions to canonicity.
In 2016, I co-organised a one-day symposium on the work of Marilynne Robinson and, with my conference organisers, co-edited a special issue of the Irish Journal of American Studies. Our edited collection on Robinson’s work is forthcoming with Manchester University Press.
I have written creatively and critically for a range of publications including The Independent, Review 31, LSE Review of Books, Glasgow Review of Books, The Toast, and This Recording. I have also appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Derby.