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Lecturer in Literature, University of Essex

I have written widely in creative non-fiction forms and taught on the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex since its inception in 2009, exploring the fascinating ties between the literature and landscape of East Anglia. I have run many workshops to encourage writing on nature and landscape, and worked on Radio 4 detailing the writing and landscapes of Essex such as for ‘Something Understood’ on John Clare and Epping Forest (August 2014) and ‘Open Country’ on Tollesbury Wick and literary Essex (November 2015).
My book Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) is inspired by rural wanderings in the county. Combining detailed literary detective work with personal responses to landscapes and their meanings, Out of Essex seeks to offer a fresh vision of Essex, its cultural history and its living legacy of wilderness and imagination.
My latest work Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain is forthcoming with Collins in 2017.


  • 2009–present
    Lecturer in English, University of Essex