I am a fiction and non-fiction writer.
I am currently Head of Learning Programmes and Research for Dartington Hall Trust. I was Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University; Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for MA Contemporary Arts and for Arts Management at Dartington College of Arts; Guest Professor, Public Art MFA at Bauhaus University, Weimar; and Art History Tutor for Saint Francis University in France and for the Open University.
Writing in the Vicinity of Art
My art writing includes The Midden (Garret, 2018) on art and ecology, Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge, 2015), Setting the Fell on Fire (Editions North, 2009) on contemporary rural art and The Artist’s Body (Phaidon, 2000). I have published numerous essays on contemporary artists with publishers including Intellect, Black Dog, Palgrave Macmillan, Merrell/Barbican, Tate and Manchester University Press and in Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Performance Research journal and Times Higher Education.
The Water Age is a series of three small books I developed during my involvement with the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology research project. The books are future fictions, adult art and writing workshops and children’s art and writing workshops – all focused on the idea that we may be living with more water in the future. More on these books here: Meanda Books. During Frontiers in Retreat I participated in the Zooetics project with Jutempus and undertook residencies at HIAP, Suomenlinna Island, Finland and Centre d’Art i Natura, Farrera in the Catalan Pyrenees.
I was an artist/writer in the Exoplanet Lot exhibition organised by Maison des Arts Georges et Claude Pompidou and installed extracts from my future fiction, ‘Meanda’, alongside the River Lot, which I developed during a residency at Maison Daura in Saint Cirq Lapopie. I also collaborated with Mexican artist, Tania Candiani, and wrote a song, based on an Occitan lament by the medieval female troubadour, Comtesse de Dia, which was broadcast from cliffs above the river Lot, through Candiani’s soundsculpture.
My other recent art projects have included River Runs with Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas and Giacomo Castagnola at Modern Art Oxford; As Above So Below with Allenheads Contemporary Arts; Future Fiction/Future Casting Workshop with Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas at Moscow Biennale; guest curator for Outlandia treehouse in the Scottish Highlands with London Fieldworks.
My first novel, Almodis: The Peaceweaver, set in 11th century France and Spain, was published in 2011 by Impress Books. It was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative, and received a Santander Research Award. My second novel, The Viking Hostage, set in 10th century France and Wales, was published by Impress Books in 2014 and was a bestseller on Amazon Australia history lists. I was awarded a 2015 Literature Wales Bursary for work on my Conquest trilogy, set in 12th century Wales, England and Normandy. The first two books in the trilogy – Daughter of the Last King and The Drowned Court – are available now from Impress, and I am working on the third. I received an Authors’ Foundation Award from the Society of Authors for work on a forthcoming biography on three medieval sisters, entitled Three Female Lords.
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