I teach literature at the University of Liverpool and I enjoy writing about all kinds of art, from novels and paintings to cookery and gardening.
My first book, Romantic Moderns, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2010. It traces connections between some of the most brilliant artists and writers of the twentieth century, inlcuding Virginia Woolf, John Piper, Bill Brandt, Eric Ravilious, Rex Whistler, and the Sitwells. I've also written an introduction to Virginia Woolf and edited (with Lara Feigel) a collection of essays about modern art and the seaside.
I'm now trying to write a cultural history of English weather, but there's a lot of weather around so it might take rather a long while. In the meantime I hope you'll enjoy some of the essays and reviews I've been writing, and that you might be able to come to one of the events at which I'm speaking.
Click on the links above, and I hope you find something of interest.