Having completed previous degrees at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Oxford, I arrived at Leeds in 2016 to research the memoirs and autobiographies of Doris Lessing, Penelope Lively and Janet Frame. My PhD thesis examines their neglected non-fictional writings as 'life writing after empire'. I am also an undergraduate tutor on 'Poetry: Reading and Interpretation' (2017-18) and 'Postcolonial Literature' (2018-19).
My reseach interests include various forms of literary non-fiction, postcolonial writing, contemporary literature and graphic narratives.
I am currently co-organising After Empire?, a two-day conference which investigates the legacies of Britain's colonial past and is supported by grants from the Royal Historical Society, The Economic History Society, The ICPS, The Imperial Afterlives Project and WRoCAH.
As a steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women's Writing Network, I solicit articles and reviews for our website and contribute to all the group's activities. I was research assistant on the AHRC project ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa' (2017-18) as part of the Transnational Holocaust Memory network. I also co-directed (2017-18) the critical theory reading group Quilting Points, exploring the work of Sara Ahmed and hosted Ahmed for a public lecture at the University of Leeds in May 2018. I co-organised a symposium on ‘Life Narratives and Human Rights’ (2017) and knowledge exchange workshop at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, conducting a keynote interview with South African author Mark Gevisser
- 'Refugee Comics: Personal Stories of Forced Migration Told in a Powerful New Way', The Conversation, 14 November 2018
- ‘Penelope Lively’s Speculative Life Writing’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing, Vol. 18 (July 2018)
- ‘"To Create Her World Anew": Charlotte Salomon’s Graphic Life Narrative’ in Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory, ed. by Dominic Davies (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019)
- 'Literature Review: Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and Genocide to Make Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals', Transnational Holocaust Memory, May 2018
- ‘Keep This Safe, It is My Whole Life’, The Oxonian Review, March 2017
Reviews and Interviews
- Interview: Meet Laydeez Do Comics, The Postgraduate Contemporary Women's Writing Network, January 2019
- Review Essay: 'Free Woman by Lara Feigel', Doris Lessing Studies, 2018
- 'Echoes of the Past', Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing, 2018
- ‘“I Didn’t Have Time to be Anyone’s Muse”: The Hidden Lives of Female Surrealists’, The Oxonian Review, September 2017
- Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’, The Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter, September 2017
- ‘Graphic Details: Women’s Confessional Comics’, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities Blog, February 2017
Talks and Conference Papers: I have been an invited speaker at the University of Sheffield Research Seminar (lecture on 'Doris Lessing's Global Life Writing'), the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, SA (talk on 'Dark Pasts and Mobilising Multidirectional Memory') and at the Postcolonial Studies Network, Nottingham Trent University (talk on 'Life Writing After Empire').
My presentations at conferences, seminars and symposiums include: After Empire? The Contested Histories of Race, Migration and Decolonisation in Modern Britain (University of Leeds, 2018), International Auto/Biography Association World Conference (University of Soao Jao del Rei, Brazil, 2018) Archives of Resistance Conference (University of Leeds, 2018) Literature and the Human Body Conference (University of Oxford, 2018), The Postcolonial Studies Association Conference (University of London, 2017), Documenting Trauma: Comics & the Politics of Memory Symposium (University of Oxford, 2017), Life Narratives and Human Rights Symposium, (Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, 2017), European Association for Commonwealth Language And Literature Studies Conference (University of Oviedo, 2017), Postcolonial Postgraduate Forum, (University of York, 2016).
- M.St in English Literature 1900-Present, University of Oxford
- BA (hons) in English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London