I was born in London in July 1976. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a writer, and have always written stories for my own amusement. As a child, I spent much of my time lost in imaginary worlds.
I followed my passion for literature, reading English literature at Keble College, Oxford University. After some time spent travelling, I took an MA in Anglo-American literature at University College London and a PhD in African-American Literature at King's College London. I've worked as a private tutor and have taught English A-level at a variety of private colleges in London. I have also taught a wide range of courses on C20th American literature and critical theory at King's College London. Having taught creative writing at South Bank University I have recently been appointed to the post of senior lecturer in creative writing at Kingston University.
Other than writing, my main passion is Jamaican and African-American music. I have a ridiculous collection of reggae, dub, dancehall, soul, blues and gospel music. My other obsessions include drinking coffee, wandering around London, going to Italy and taking pictures of buildings. I'm also interested in Civil Rights history, psycho-analysis, post-colonial theory, anti-capitalist protest, Middle East politics, Modern, pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance art, mega-cities and anything that might offer an insight into our present postmodern nightmare.
The writers I most admire and who could be described as influences would include (in no particular order):
Blake, Shelley, Milton, William S. Burroughs, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, TS Eliot, Brett Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, JG Ballard, Naomi Klein, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Michael Moorcock, HP Lovecraft, Richard Wright, EL Doctorow, Frantz Fanon, Jean Paul Sartre, Charles Baudelaire, Henri Lefebvre, Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Freud.
For more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm represented by Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock,
Clerkenwell House, 45-47 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0HT.