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. It is being published in an Arabic translation in 2020.

I’m co-author of Who are universities for?, with Josie McLellan and Richard Pettigrew, which imagines an alternative higher education system. We’ve produced a policy briefing, Universities should be accessible to everyone, with Policy Bristol.

I also write features, long reads, comment pieces and book reviews for The Guardian, TLS, LRB, Independent and others.

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 was one of the co-editors of The Brodie Press, a poetry publisher.

I grew up in south-east London and as a teenager I co-edited the Fulham FC Supporters’ Club magazine, Cottage Pie.

You can contact me by email via my Bristol webpage.