I am a writer, academic, and musician, born in Northumberland in 1988 and now living in South London.
My academic interests are primarily in 20th-century American literature and culture; I am currently in the final stages of a PhD on urban frontiers in literary depictions of Los Angeles at the University of Kent’s Centre for American Studies, where I also teach. My scholarship was recognised with the award of a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in 2018, which allowed me to spend several months living and working in Los Angeles. More information on my academic research can be found here.
Beyond the academy I write on cultural topics more broadly, including literature, music, film, sport, and the internet. A current book-length essay project on how 20th- and 21st-century pop culture has constructed ideas of ‘the dignity of work’ has recently been shortlisted for the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. Commissions are welcome and can be directed here.
I am also a writer of fiction and am presently at work on a sequence of short stories exploring different forms of domestic masculinity, and a novel about ekphrasis and the experience of seeing.
I can be found too frequently on Twitter at @maybeavalon.