My undergraduate degree is in English and French, from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. In 2010-11 I spent a year abroad working as a language assistant in Nantes, France, and returned in 2012-3 to host an English-language cultural radio show. I did freelance work for a TV documentary company and a German radio station, among other things, before beginning an MA in Shakespeare and Creativity at the end of 2013, as part of the first cohort for a new course at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, where I have now begun my PhD.
Alongside my studies, I have also been involved in creative writing since my teens: in 2006 and 2007 I was one of 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, and have since published widely. I have read my work at the South Bank Centre, the Sage Gateshead, and on BBC Radio as part of the Proms Plus Late Series. In 2013 I spent a month living at the Villa Sarkia in Sysma, Finland, as part of a residency for young writers. As an undergraduate I also wrote plays, and am now bringing these interests together by looking at the role of poetry in theatrical practice.
My research looks at Shakespeare and the development of verse drama in Britain. I am particularly interested in how the example of Shakespeare casts a large shadow over the efforts of subsequent verse dramatists, and the impact of this Shakespearean influence on the ways verse drama is both written and received by critics and audiences. To explore the possibilities unique to verse drama that are rarely present in contemporary theatre, I will be writing my own plays as part of the research project, to demonstrate and experiment with the 'toolkit' of techniques specifically available to present-day writers who choose to work in this much-maligned medium.