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.
Over the last few years I've been working on a cultural history of English weather which will be published by Thames & Hudson in autumn 2015. In the meantime 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.