As I enter my first year of PhD study, I am starting this blog as a way of keeping an honest record of my experiences. I hope it will provide both catharsis and a creative outlet; somewhere to get my thoughts and worries down on paper (and out of the way), and to mull over ideas relating to my research. At the very least, I’m hopeful that this blog will get me into the habit of writing more, which can only be a good thing!
My research examines the concept of ecomasculinity in contemporary US fiction that invokes or reimagines the Old West. I focus on works by Thomas Pynchon, Edward Abbey, Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, and Percival Everett.
I grew up on a small farm near the Wales/England border and currently live in the north of England with my partner Jonathan (a Psychology PhD) and our dog, Ruskin. When I’m not working on my PhD or other writing projects, I enjoy reading and opera.
I hold an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St Andrews, and a BA (Hons) in English from Staffordshire University. I have previously worked in marketing and as an English Teacher and Lecturer in China’s Hunan Province. I have been a freelance writer since 2014.