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 am interested in a wide range of research areas across a variety of disciplines, from contemporary poetry and historical fiction to museum interpretation and learning theory, as well as the interactions between creative and critical practice. I have an MA in Museum Studies and an MA in Creative Writing. You can find more details about my academic experience here. 

Current Projects

June 2020 – I’m writing a series of poems as a virtual Poet in Residence at the Cynon Valley Museum, responding to images from their online art exhibitions. I’ll also be running a creative writing workshop at the end of the month, open to anyone, whether or not you’ve written poetry before. Find out more about this workshop on the museum’s website.

ekphrastic writing in a museum

Previous Projects

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 a charity which 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.