I am a writer and philosopher based in Leicester, UK, where I am currently Reader in Writing and Creativity in the School of Humanities at De Montfort University. I write mainly fiction, philosophy and for children (see my writing page)
I have a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1994), a Masters degree in anthropology from Durham (1997) and a PhD in philosophy from Staffordshire University (2007). I started writing fiction seriously I was in the Tanimbar islands in Indonesia, where I was undertaking research into indigenous traditions and economies of art. The Tanimbar islands were rich in stories; and so, one rainy afternoon, I sat in front of a battered old manual typewriter, and started to write stories of my own.
My PhD in philosophy, which explored amongst other things ethics, storytelling and the curious ways of obscure Indonesian gods, was completed in 2007. Meanwhile, my first novel, which drew heavily on my experience in Indonesia, was published by Tindal Street Press. Since then, I’ve published two or three philosophy books, a second novel (with another couple forthcoming) and a children’s picture book.
These days, I continue to work on various literary and philosophical projects (find out more on my writing and research pages), whilst trying to convince creative writing students that Aristotle is fun, and continuing to explore the places where stories meet philosophy, and where it seems that the question “what does it mean to be at human?” is at stake.
You can find me in several other places online, including an unsustainably exhausting array of social network sites.
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