I write nonfiction, fiction and children's books. Much of what I write explores culture, travel and philosophy. I have a PhD in philosophy. I am co-director of Wind&Bones Community Interest Company, which works 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.Locked Pro Plan feature
I am co-director of Wind&Bones Community Interest Company, a social enterprise that works globally on projects relating to writing, creativity and social justice. We have to date worked in Bulgaria, Greece, the UK, Taiwan, Myanmar and Indonesia.
I was visiting professor of humanities and global cultures at the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Yangon, Myanmar.
I worked for eight years at De Montfort University, teaching creative writing to undergraduates, and postgraduates. I left in 2016 to pursue a freelance writing career.
I taught undergraduate courses in philosophy at Staffordshire University: everything from Plato, to Heidegger, to contemporary applied ethics.
I wrote my PhD thesis on the ethics and storytelling, taking a phenomenological perspective inspired by the work of Emmanuel Levinas.
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.
I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013, with a record number of nominations, and was nominated again for the same award the following year.