FICTION-WRITING: My first novel, Dances with the Daffodils, is set in 1802 in Grasmere at the time of William Wordsworth and his sister and muse, Dorothy. The novel, as well as being a love story, is a recreation of the Lake District during a revolutionary time of enclosure, industrialisation, war, rural poverty and the poetic passions of Early Romanticism. Dances with the Daffodils was published independently with Swallow Books and was shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year in 2014. My new novel, out in 2018 to coincide with the bicentenary of Emily Brontë's birth, is a recreation of Wuthering Heights.
JOURNALISM: I have written for the Guardian in recent years on topics such as flooding in the Lake District and inner-city rioting across the UK. Previously, in London, I worked as a classical music critic on the Arts desk at The Times, and as a subeditor on the News desk at The Sunday Times. I'm now a regular arts and music critic for the Manchester-based webzine Northern Soul and I'm a freelance tutor in publishing and journalism at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan). I have also contributed locally – as a writer and activist on the issue of refugee resettlement – to the Westmorland Gazette, BBC Radio Cumbria and Lakeland Radio.
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