I lecture in film, media and writing in the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University where I teach film, media and writing students video production, short fiction filmmaking, screenwriting, creative writing and creative multi-media online content.
My PhD in Creative Writing looks at the way we write about ourselves online and how that shapes who we are. The work investigates creative synergies between the processes of online identity construction/narration, such as blogs and social networking profiles, and those of creating a traditional narrative text, in this case a novel aimed at young/new adult readers. The central methodology has been to look at the way we write about ourselves online and incorporate these strategies in the construction of a novel that both represents and critiques these strategies. You can read more about this on my Creative Writing | exegesis page.
The Title of this blog nearly networked reflects an ambivalence about what I think being digitally connected really means for individuals living in increasingly expanded and dispersed communities but is mainly [now] focused on my research interests.
What I did before [some of it]
I’ve made films for galleries, museums, festivals, charities, schools and trained people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds how to make them too. I have programmed film, media and writing events for various festivals and venues and have an MA in Scriptwriting from UEA. Before that I studied Philosophy and Art History at UCL which fed my interest in ideas and their visual representation. An experience I still draw on in my work today.