I am a fiction and non-fiction writer. I spend my time in London, Wales and France. I describe myself as writing in the vicinity of art. There are two strands to my writing – art writing on and in relation to contemporary art, and historical writing focused on the early medieval period.
I was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory, teaching at Oxford Brookes University; Bauhaus University, Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; Open University and Dartington College of Arts. I am currently leading the Art History Course for Saint Francis University’s Study Abroad Program in France.
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.
My art writing includes The Midden (Garret, 2018), Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge, 2015), Setting the Fell on Fire (Editions North, 2009) 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.
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.
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