I’m a writer, teacher and literary critic.

I’m author of a memoir, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine, about a semester I spent at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

I’m co-author of Who are universities for?, with Josie McLellan and Richard Pettigrew, which imagines an alternative higher education system with lifelong access (and no graduation) and in which local communities help to set priorities for each institution.

I also write feature articles, comment pieces and book reviews.

I am Professor of Literature and Engaged Pedagogy at the University of Bristol, where I set up the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement and a Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities.

I’ve been at Bristol since 2004, and before that I taught adult education courses in Liverpool, including for Liverpool Hope and as reader-in-residence at Tate Liverpool.

I grew up in south-east London.

You can contact me by email via my Bristol webpage.