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I am the author of several novels for young adults and adults that centre trauma, survival, and bodies at the hearts of their narratives. I am also the editor of Being Ace: An Anthology of Queer, Trans, Femme, and Disabled Stories of Asexual Love and Connection. Being Ace recieved a starred review from School Library Journal and is currently a 2024 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. 

I also write romance and light-hearted fiction as Elin Annalise. 

I have research interests in experimental fiction, non-linear narratives, verse novels, and the representation of the Gothic in modern fiction. My other research interests include illness narratives, the depiction of prehistoric culture in modern fiction, and totemism. A lot of my work is interdisciplinary, among creative writing, literary theory, anthropology, and medical humanities.

For the critical component of my PhD, I'm researching whether the Victorians' interest in the Gothic influenced their perceptions of Prehistoric man, particularly looking at their constructions of the Neanderthal. In turn, I am considering whether this still influences Neanderthal representation in today's popular culture. For the creative part of my PhD, I'm examining the representation of women's illness and female monstrosity in the Gothic, through writing a verse novel about a group of immortal Neanderthal women. The narrative sees the protagonists in three different eras (the Palaeolithic, the Neolithic, and the 19th Century) and examines how folklore develops, changes, and is intrinsically attached to these people. I am supervised by Dr Carrie Etter and Dr Joan Passey.

Education

BA (hons) English, 2:1 - University of Exeter (Dissertation: "Madness, Murder and Suicide in Louisa May Alcott's Sensation Fiction"), 2013-2016

MFA Creative Writing, Distinction - Kingston University (Thesis: 40,000 word excerpt of YA horror novel and accompanying examination of creative methodology and the YA horror genre), 2020-2023

PhD Creative Writing - University of Bristol, 2023-current

External positions

Writing Instructor, WOW! Women on Writing

2021 → …

Author

2011 → …

Keywords

  • Gothic
  • Bodies
  • Trauma
  • Anthropology
  • Prehistory
  • Horror
  • Experimental Fiction
  • Non-Linear Plots
  • Illness
  • Creative Writing

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