I'm a writer, creative writing tutor, librarian and publisher.
I teach on the Oxford University MSt, Undergraduate Diploma and Certificate of Higher Education courses, and am interested in both the close examination of fiction and how recent technologies such as ebooks and print-on-demand are changing the publishing industry and offering fresh opportunities to writers.
In 2013 I published Margaret Keeping's wonderful novel about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas' life under my StreetBooks imprint. It is available as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook. ('[Margaret Keeping's] inhabitation of Edward, Robert, Helen and their world is tender and subtle...a lovely novel.' Robert Macfarlane.)
I studied English at Keble College, Oxford, and from 1995 to 2008 reviewed fiction for publications that included The Times, TLS and Financial Times. (See Reviews for a list of my journalism. If you'd like a PDF of a particular piece, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
My first novel The Lock was published in paperback in 2003, the ebook version having reached the finals of the Independent e-Book Awards in Santa Barbara the previous year. My second, Invisible, was published by StreetBooks in October 2010 ("...lively wit and acute understanding of the emotional landscape." Kate Saunders, The Times).
I'm a member of the Society of Authors and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. I was chair of Writers in Oxford from 2008-2010 and edited the Oxford Writer from 2002-2004.
I am Operations Manager at the Taylor Institution Library and the Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library and am Librarian and Subject Consultant at the Bodleian Latin American Centre Library.
I have recently finished editing a full-length life-writing work that was originally entitled Trust: A family story but which is now called I Am the Man Who Lives in a Shoe.