Creative Writing Tutor
I’m a writer with an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University.
I’ve had short stories published in Evergreen Review, The Lonely Crowd, and The First Line, amongst others; as well as a number of critical and non-fiction pieces in Wales Arts Review and various blogs, fanzines and other publications.
Social media and online communities are my other passion, and I currently manage an award-winning community forum for a major UK brand
While working in a call-centre, I enrolled at the Open University as a mature student – I liked books, so why not study them?
A part-time Humanities course led to a part-time degree, which was then followed by a full-time MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
My critical work focussed on identity and on digital learning environments and techniques – how best to incorporate the technology we have available to us to make teaching and learning Creative Writing easier.
Since completing my MA, I’ve been busy working in the fast-moving world of Social Media for a major brand: leading the online community; creating, curating and editing content; and working with PR, marketing, and digital teams to ensure that the voice of the brand is consistent and customers get a clear message.
With my background in writing and my professional experience in the constantly-evolving online digital world, I’m delighted to be a teacher on the Digital Publishing course from 2019, as well as various creative writing modules.
My research interests are: 21st Century fiction, the short story, epistolary literature, Katherine Mansfield, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ali Smith; digital communities, digital identities and online behaviours; indie and alternative music from 1976-1999.
- ‘Underneath the Blue Skies’, The Lonely Crowd (2015)
- ‘Dust’, Solve et Coagula (2014)
- ‘Just Like Honey’, Stories From Songs (2013)
- ‘The Comfort and the Joy of Feeling Lost’, Smoke: A London Peculiar (2013)
- ‘Alexander and Burgurs and Xavier’, litbomb (2013)
- ‘Points of Articulation’, Evergreen Review, Issue 129 (Spring 2012)
- ‘Already’, The First Line, Vol.13, Issue 2 (Summer 2011)
- Essay: ‘Broken Doll, Shattered Whore, Doing it for the Kids: Courtney, juvenility and pedagogy’, It Felt Like a Kiss: The Courtney Love Anthology (2013)
- Essay: ‘Old Traditions, New Standards: Technology and the Teaching of Creative Writing’, Cardiff University MA (2013)
- Interview: ‘Indeli-Chats: The Indelicates Meet Pop Hit’s own Jamie Woods’, Pop Hits (2013)
- For Wales Arts Review
Greatest Welsh Novel: Gold by Dan Rhodes (2015, 2016)
Review: Half plus Seven by Dan Tyte (2014)
Great Musical Moments: Manic Street Preachers ‘Rewind The Film‘ (2013)
Review: The Rhys Davies Short Story Conference (2013)
- For Sweeping the Nation
Seething Observatory | 2009
Noughties by Nature: Town Bike ‘Ride of your Life’ (2009)
Noughties by Nature: Aaliyah ‘More Than A Woman’ (2009)
Noughties by Nature: Wyclef Jean ‘Perfect Gentleman’ (2009)