research & non-fiction

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I write fiction which focuses on issues of memory, lost futures, nature and its absences, and my research is informed by these interests. My current practice-based doctoral research explores the communication impact of climate change through, in particular, surreal/speculative female fiction, although it touches on several forms of storytelling and art-making. A further strand incorporates archives, indie publishing, and book art, such as the Cartonera publishing movement, focusing on the community activation and memory reclaiming possibilities of these knowledge making practices. This work is partially funded by a Staff Research Grant from Anglia Ruskin University.

I have taught, presented papers, and published articles on storytelling, narrative theory, both textual and visual, and their connection with memory, identity, and nature. I have co-edited a collection of essays on the Spanish writer Carmen Martín-Gaite, which looked at the author’s interest with memory and storytelling, and their intersection with order-making narrative genres as the gothic and the fairy-tale tradition. It was the first book on the author to analyse the visual storytelling of her collage-making and other audiovisual inputs alongside her literary work.

I work for Cambridge University libraries in a teaching and engagement role, and I supervise students on the Oxford University Creative Writing Master program. I concentrate in eco-fiction, dystopia, and near-future science fiction with an environmental theme. As a teacher, I am primarily interested in online and distance learning, inclusive teaching, and environmental education. I have trained as an Environmental Educator with the online program by Cornell University. I am also interested in creativity in pedagogy, and creative writing pedagogy in general. I have taught writing, book history, literature and cultural topics, as well as publishing studies, in several UK institutions (the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, Royal Holloway, Oxford University, Anglia Ruskin University), as well as in the Madrid- and Barcelona-based MA in Publishing ‘Taller de los Libros’. A full Academic CV can be downloaded here.

Below are some of my academic and academic-related publications:

  • EDITED COLLECTION
    • Beyond the Back Room: New perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite (co-edited with Jennifer Wood. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010) ISBN: 9783039118274 (.)
  • BOOK CHAPTERS
    • ‘La invasión de los ultracuerpos’: Ciencia Ficción: 100 Peliculas Imprescindibles (Sevilla: JotDown Books, 2015) ISBN: 9788494373304
    • ‘Stalker’: Ciencia Ficción: 100 Peliculas Imprescindibles (Sevilla: JotDown Books, 2015) ISBN: 9788494373304
    • ‘The Snow Queen’: Re-writing Andersen as a parable of Spanish desmemoria (Book chapter), in Beyond the Back Room: New perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite (Peter Lang, 2010) ISBN: 9783039118274
  • ARTICLES & REVIEWS
    • Peer-reviewed Article: ‘Eco-literacy, storytelling and creativity: the case for eco-literacy in Higher Education’, accepted for publication in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Science’s Special issue on The Anthropocene (2020)
    • Peer-reviewed Article: ‘Creative Approaches to Learning’, co-authored with Dr Katie McElvanney (British Library), CUBLIB, The Cambridge University Library Bulletin, Spring Issue 2019
    • Book review (uncanny fiction), ‘On Myth and Memory: Daisy Johnson’s Fen and Everything Under‘, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
    • SFFNetwork
    • Article (speculative fiction), ‘Meet the venco’: TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5659, p.22
    • Book review (speculative fiction): ‘Black Arts: Enrique de Hériz The Manual of Darkness’,TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5669, p.19
    • Review (translation): ‘Spain’s great untranslated’,TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5745, p.27
    • Book review (speculative fiction): ‘El perfume del cardamomo‘:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5520, p.26
    • Book review (speculative fiction): ‘Como una historia de terror’:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5558, p.51
    • Peer reviewed Article (narrative theory/storytelling): ‘Theatricality/Sexuality/Performance: Storytelling and identity construction in Carmen Martín Gaite and Juan Antonio Bardem’: Studies in Hispanic cinemas, vol.3 #2, pp. 109-122, Intellect Journals ISSN-1478-0488
    • Peer reviewed Article (narrative theory/storytelling): ‘A Journey into the Labyrinth: intertextual readings in Medem’s Los amantes del Círculo Polar‘: Journal of Iberian and Hispanic American Studies, vol.10 #2, pp. 205-212, Taylor & Francis ISSN-1470-1
  • CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
    • An Invite to Eternity : collaborative models in publishing as a form of resistance’. Co-Emergence, Co-Creation, Co-existence. Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biannual Conference (University of Plymouth, 04-Sep-19)
    • Co-presenter: ‘Applications of the IL Cambridge Teaching Framework to Arts & Humanities’. Cambridge University Information Literacy Network Academic Forum (Cambridge University, June 2018)
    • ‘Fragments on a Frozen Planet: Reading and Self-Reflection on Lost Objects’Gothic Nature International Conference-Practice-based Track (Trinity College Dublin, Nov 2017)
    • “‘[N]ature has at last escaped from their discipline and their fetters’: ostranenie and the ecological sublime in contemporary weird fiction”. Paper presented: WorldCon: The 75th World Science Fiction Convention-Academic Track ‘Environmental Anxieties’ (Helsinki, 9-13 Aug 2017)
    • Desmemoria and the problems of fiction'”. Paper presented: The Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation (Cardiff University, 10 Feb 2008)
  • INTRODUCTIONS & FOREWORDS
    • ‘Surreal fairytales’: The Topless Tower, by Silvina Ocampo (Hesperus Press, 2010) ISBN: 9781843918554
    • ‘Narrativas laberínticas: los albores del cuento gótico anglosajón’: Transformación y otros cuentos, by Mary Shelley (Madrid: Paginas de Espuma) ISBN: 9788483930632

Illustration: Collage by Carmen Martín Gaite