Research interests

My current research is focused broadly on Creative Writing for Wellbeing. I am currently involved in two projects with specific groups.

Starting in Jan 2020 the Speak to Me Project brought together a group of Syrian and Sudanese refugees to work in partners with local English speakers in a series of Creative Writing workshops.  The goal was to aid language acquisition but integration, understand and building relationships was also a result. The output will be an exhibition of photos, words and the sounds of the participants. 

Joining Threads will examine the effect story telling might have on individuals who report feelings of social isolation. This project is in its infant stage (stalled because of the Global Pandemic). I have started identifying individuals who will be interviewed with a view to telling, writing and disseminating the stories. The participants will be interviewed again after the stories have been shared in various media. The hope is that this will be phase one of a larger research project which links storytelling and well-being.

Teaching Interests:

Creative Writing  with a special interest in the often invisible line between fiction and non fiction.  Journalism and  Writing for Media and Narrative.

Research output

  1. Gather Gold and other stories

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Secondary Character and other stories

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. 'To You or not To You?': using second person on prose

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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