Welcome! I’ve created this website to bring together my academic work: research, teaching and other related activity. My research expertise lies in English literature, although I also have strengths in Creative Economy research through my work in the Creative Economy team at Cardiff University (see below).
My literature research is focused mostly on early modern English literature, drama and cultural history, as well as critical theory. I co-edited Shakespeare and the Future of Theory (Routledge). My most recent research explores the notion of fragility in literature and other early modern writing and visual culture. I have a continuing interest in the publicity of John Taylor, the traveling Water Poet (1578-1653). My PhD research dealt with Shakespeare, audience expectation and taste; I successfully defended my doctoral thesis on Troilus and Cressida in 2013 at Cardiff University, where I taught literature from a range of historical periods for six years as a Postgraduate Tutor. In 2014-15 I was a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. I then went back to Cardiff University, where I delivered a series of lectures on Shakespeare’s Late Plays in the autumn and spring terms of 2016.
From autumn 2015-2018, I worked as a Research Associate for Cardiff University’s Creative Economy project, where I was Research Network Co-ordinator for the Creative Cardiff Research Network @CUCreative. The network supports creative research of various kinds, such as work on the creative economy, work with creatives outside the university, and work by creative practitioners in the university. As part of that work, I’ve supported the ‘Festivals Research Group’, which undertook a pilot project with Sŵn Music Festival in Cardiff in 2016/17, as well as helping to establish other research groups and the formation of the Coworking Collective.
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This was my first attempt at stone balancing – Caldey Island, Easter, 2014. Photos by Francesca Gregory. See Adrian Gray for more.