I grew up in Lincolnshire and took my BA at Brasenose College, Oxford, in English and French. After graduating in 2012, I spent six months working as a radio host for a live daily English language show. I returned to academia the following year to take up a place in the first cohort for the Shakespeare Institute’s MA in Shakespeare and Creativity, where I went to complete my PhD: a wide-ranging study of the development of verse drama from Shakespeare to the present day, incorporating elements of creative practice.
My academic interests span from the 16th century to contemporary poetry, and I am always looking for ways to bridge the gap between them, as well as the more significant gap between critical and creative practice. I am a specialist in early modern theatre, and the particular focus of my current research is on contemporary fictional representations of the early modern period. My work in this field has been published in the Ben Jonson Journal, and presented at international conferences including the International Federation for Theatre Research (Stockholm, 2016) and the Shakespeare Association of America (2017, 2018). In March 2017, I was Global Premodern Studies Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Alongside my academic work, I also write creatively. My poetry has been published in three pamphlets with UK-based independent presses, and has featured in magazines including Poetry London, The White Review and The Literateur, as well as a number of anthologies: a full list of publications is available on my personal website. I have performed at the BBC Proms for a Radio 3 broadcast, translated work from French and Latvian, and edited anthologies for the Emma Press, where I am currently a commisioning editor. In 2017 I was one of six winners of the Society of Authors' Eric Gregory Award. I also write for children and do school visits for Pop Up Projects. My first play for children, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant, premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in December 2016.