Writer of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. PhD in philosophy. Next book, "Hello, Stranger: How to Welcome the World" (Granta 2021). Creator of Looking for Wisdom philosophy project. Co-director of Wind&Bones Community Interest Company, working at the intersection of creativity, writing and social justice. I have held a number of academic posts since 2003, including: Visiting Professor of Humanities at the Parami Institute, Yangon, Myanmar; Reader (Associate Professor) in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University; and Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University. I'm now freelance and based — for the time being — in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I run projects with Wind&Bones.
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Visiting ProfessorParami Institute
- Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)Full Time
I was visiting professor of humanities and global cultures at the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Yangon, Myanmar.
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- Creative Writing
- Creative Non-fiction
- Travel Writing
- Editorial Direction
- Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
I wrote my PhD thesis on the ethics and storytelling, taking a phenomenological perspective inspired by the work of Emmanuel Levinas.
MAUniversity of Durham
- Durham, United Kingdom
My MA was in social and cultural anthropology at the university of Durham. I wrote on traditions and cultures of plastic art in East Indonesia, and on Buddhist-inspired movements of social change amongst Dalit communities in India.