College: College of Humanities
Department: Creative Writing
I began my creative writing studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, the premier boarding arts high school in the U.S. where I graduated with a Young Artist award and was a national semi-finalist for Presidential Scholar in the Arts. I then relocated to the UK where I pursued my BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and rounded off my creative writing studies, after a break, with a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter.
My PhD project is tentatively titled ‘1001 Candles: Reclaiming the Regency’ and consists of both creative and critical theses. The creative thesis (which comprises the main part of the project) is a fantastical novel set in the Regency period which draws on elements from the Arabian Nights. The shorter critical thesis will look at the spectrum of neo-Regency fiction and the attractions of the Regency period for writers and readers.
Alongside pursuing my PhD and writing career, I work as the University’s Senior International Student Adviser, assisting international students with complex immigration cases.