For 10+ years I worked as an English Literature academic and was a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. I chose to leave formal academia and now use this blog to build my writing profile, and work towards more long-form pieces. Here I reflect on my main concerns that connect my old and new lives: ecology, the everyday, poetry and poetics.
I live in Glasgow with my partner, daughter, and two French bulldogs — at the moment I am primarily a homemaker and I meditate on this work in different ways here and on Instagram. I also write about what I am reading, seeing, listening to and making.
In my previous work I specialised in poetry and in ‘ecological’ writing, I ran courses on ‘Romantic Ecologies’, wrote a book, academic articles and chapters, was once part of a team that edits The Browning Correspondence (letters to and from the Victorian poets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning; I worked on volumes 20-23), taught and supervised many wonderful students and appeared on programmes like In Our Time on Radio 4. I’ve worked with lots of different kinds of academic and creative writers, with artists and with filmmakers.
Post-academia, I want to work in a more organic and healthful way, for the planet, for my community, and for myself. I have lots of experience in communicating ideas and ethical questions orally and in written form (and in writing strategically, if you have to do that for applications), in teaching, in editing, and in mentoring. If you have found my page and would like to get in touch to talk about anything ecological, poetry, community well-being, any kind of creative or non-fiction writing, crafting, or homemaking, I’d love to hear from you.