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

You can also watch a video presentation about my research (15 mins) here. This was presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum (September 2020).

ekphrastic writing in a museum

Previous Creative 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.