I am freelance writer and researcher based in Cambridge, England, where I am also a Fellow of Wolfson College.
My research interests lie in the different ways in which the written and the spoken word are experienced, and in the relationships between text and voice, page and body. Poetry and poetic language are a therefore natural field of investigation.
Currently I am working on a new book about the value of learning poetry that draws together recent research in memory and neuroscience, some of the history of memorisation, and the findings and real-life stories from our Poetry and Memory Project.
I made a late re-entry to academia, gaining a masters degree in Children's Literature, another in Educational Research, and then a PhD, all at the University of Cambridge. This eventually translated into my book on poetry written for children. I have taught on both undergraduate and masters courses in Children's literature at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge.
Previously, I was a freelance editor, writer and journalist. I wrote and edited non-fiction books, literacy materials, and multimedia resources. In the ten years before that, I worked in educational publishing, mainly as an editor but with a two-year stint as a games inventor. And somewhere, in the dim and distant past, I spent a year as a primary teacher.
I was born on a border, between Wales and England, and have dwelt on edges and borders of all kinds ever since. I love walking, preferably on mountains, treading between earth and sky.(And thus, most days, wonder why I am living in Cambridge.) I'm deeply interested in the natural world, the inner life and spirituality. I craft poems and occasionally write plays. I'm happy that all these aspects of life and work are becoming increasingly integrated.