My Research

I’m currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, funded through the SWWDTP, with co-supervision from Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University. My thesis examines the use of ekphrastic poetry as a tool for visitor engagement in art museums, and I’m working with National Museum Wales to investigate the practical implications of this.

I’d be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this online survey – it’s an important aspect of my project that will help me to understand more about how people respond to works of art and ekphrastic poetry. I’m particularly keen to hear from people who don’t tend to read much poetry.

I have an MA in Museum Studies and an MA in Creative Writing. You can find more details about my academic experience here. 

ekphrastic writing in a museum

Previous Projects

Virtual Poet in Residence – Cynon Valley Museum – 2020

I spent a month writing poems in response to images from the museum’s online art exhibitions. I also ran an online creative writing workshop, to encourage others to seek inspiration from these exhibitions, and posted the poems on Instagram.

Crossing Points – Art / Poetry Project – 2018

I was commissioned by the madeinroath community arts festival to produce an exhibition of photographs and poems, exploring ideas of belonging, connection and dislocation within a shared urban environment.

Charles Byrd Story Trail – Art / Story Writing Workshop – 2018

A collaborative project with artist Sharon Magill, delivering a creative writing workshop focusing on paintings by Charles Byrd, encouraging people to write flash fiction pieces in response, commissioned by the madeinroath festival.

African Music & World Poetry Charity Event – 2018

I organised a large-scale performance event to raise money for EASL, a charity that supports children’s education in Sierra Leone, as part of my work in Cardiff University, working in partnership with the Oasis World Choir & Band (a group of refugees and asylum seekers), students within the School of Music and professional poets.

Edward Thomas Centenary – 2017

I organised a series of events to mark the centenary of the poet Edward Thomas, including a poetry performance event, a creative writing workshop and a series of daily poetry prompts for National Poetry Writing Month. I gained funding from Literature Wales for these events, and organised them on behalf of Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives.