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    Particulars

    I was appointed Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen's in 2015 and I teach creative writing across both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula with special focus on prose fiction and non-fiction. Apart from fiction, my research interests include writing about place, history and memoir. I am also a map-maker and publish academically on the topic of cartography. I hold an MA in Art History, an MPhil in Geography and a PhD in Creative Writing. 

    Research Interests

    To date, I have published genre fiction in the form of three young adult novels, The Badness of BallydogLost Dogs and Deep Deep Down (Simon & Schuster, 2010 and 2011). The Badness of Ballydog was nominated for the UK Literary Association Children’s Book Award and the Lincolnshire Young Reader’s Award.

    The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border (Faber & Faber, 2017) is my most recent book. It was widely and positively reviewed and has gained significant media attention, including selection as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week during March 2017. I am a frequent contributor to the press, the BBC and to other newspapers and broadcasters in Europe and beyond. I am also regularly invited to read at literary events and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition I have presented many papers to academic conferences, primarily on the topics of cartography and writing about place. 

    I curate a touring exhibition called Mapping Alternative Ulster, which was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It is an exhibition of maps created by independent cartographers and has received wide media attention (see mappingalternativeulster.net). The show includes some of my own maps. My cartographic practice began with a funding award from the Centre for Cross Border Studies. I exhibit the work widely and my maps have made their way into government and university collections. 

    My work is currently being developed as an Impact Case Study for REF2021. 

    Teaching

    I am involved in the teaching of Creative Writing at all levels within the English subject area, from Stage One undergraduate right through to MA-level teaching and including supervision of PhDs. I convene ENG1090: Introduction to Creative Writing. As recruitment onto this module continues to rise I am currently undertaking a radical redesign of how it is delivered. At Stage Two I convene and teach ENG2093: Creative Writing Prose. I also supervise for Stage Three Creative Writing student wishing to write a year-long Prose Dissertation.

    My recruitment activities have brought many international students to our programmes, principally from the USA. I am primary supervisor to four students undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. Three of these have gained funding awards from external bodies and one has already signed a publishing contract. 

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - Creative Non-Fiction
    - Fiction
    - Young Adult Fiction

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