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 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.