My most recent publication is Discourse Deixis in Metafiction: The Language of Metanarration, Metalepsis and Disnarration (Routledge, 2019).
I co-edited Pronouns in Literature: Positions and Persoectives in Language (Palgrave, 2018)
I have published over a dozen book chapters and journal articles, plus reviews and reports for Advance HE and for the charity sector.
Research group membership
Sustainable and Resilient Futures Network
Oxford Brookes Language and Discourse (OBLaDi) research group
London Stylistics Circle
Poetics and Linguistics Association
International Society for the Study of Narrative
European Narratology Network
Research grants and awards
Internal funding awarded (listing only funding over £1000):
- £3000, 2021, School of English and Modern Languages Research Impact Funding
- £6199, 2020, School of English and Modern Languages Research Funding Scheme, to fund a study investigating linguistic triggers of trust and distrust in charity fundraising letters. Outputs include two journal articles and a trade magazine article (in progress), and a workshop with associated resources.
- £9000, 2012, Faculty Research Award, to fund a project on perspective-taking in literary reading, outputs of which included two journal articles: ‘Imagining differently: Relationships between reading and gaming habits, mental imagery construction, and perspective-taking when processing a fictional narrative scene’, Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 31 (1) (2020), 155-181, and ‘You and I, past and present: Cognitive processing of perspective’, Diegesis 5 (1) (2016), 64-80.
External funding awarded:
- £7478, 2021, Principal Investigator, Enterprise Educators UK Research Project Fund, external collaboration (with two Co-Investigators from the University of Birmingham, Dr. Mircea Scrob and Helen Hook), ‘Increasing Engagement with Enterprise Education in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’.
- £4021, 2021, Co-Investigator, Advance HE, internal collaboration (with Dr. Roger Dalrymple as Principal Investigator and Dr. Shirley Shipman and Dr. Maïa Pal as Co-Investigators, all in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), ‘Advance HE Employability: A Review of the Literature, 2016-2021’ the output of which, the 113-page review, was published in September 2021, alongside a programme of engagement activities including a podcast series and two international workshops.
- £500, 2017, Principal Investigator, ‘Engaging with Government’ AHRC/Institute for Government grant, funding the cost of the three-day training course and associated travel. The grant reviewing panel commented “The panel was particularly impressed by your excellent track record of research and engagement, and the demonstrable relevance of your research to policy.”
- £2,967, 2017, Principal Investigator, BA/Leverhulme Small Grant (SG170798), external collaboration (with two Co-Investigators, Prof. Billy Clark, Northumbria University and Dr. Marcello Giovanello, Aston University), ‘University English Programmes’ Response to the New English A Levels’, resulting in two co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals - 'Responding to reform: How aware are HE English providers of A level reforms and how have they responded to them?', English in Education 52 (3) (2018), 248-262, and 'English after the post-2015 A level Reforms: HE Prerequisites and Perspectives', Changing English 25 (4) (2018), 384-395 - three conference presentations, and a presentation of the findings to University English.
www.integratingenglish.com - the website of a collaborative project, with Prof Billy Clark and Dr Marcello Giovanelli, including the undergraduate journal Mesh and the Lang-Lit Lab, a blog written for A level English teachers
www.whatthestudiessay.com - a website for people who work in charity communications, summarising useful academic research
www.everydaydeixis.com - a little web intro to deixis