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Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4806

Office: NW922F


I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature based in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). 


  • BA (Hons) English Studies (University of Nottingham)
  • MA Literary Linguistics (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD Cognitive Stylistics (University of Nottingham)
  • PGCHE (Coventry University)

Research Interests

I am a stylistician and applied linguist with interests in cognitive poetics (and specifically the application of cognitive grammar for literary analysis), reader response research, re-reading and contemporary fiction. 

I have a number of publications in these areas, including: Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction (Benjamins 2017), Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics: A Practical Guide (with Marcello Giovanelli, Bloomsbury 2018) and New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style (with Marcello Giovanelli and Louise Nuttall, Bloomsbury 2021). 



  • Programme Director for MA English
  • Director of PGT Programmes, ELAL


PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supervising doctoral research projects in:

  • Cognitive stylistics;
  • Linguistic approaches to contemporary literature;
  • Reader response studies.

Please get in touch via email if you are interested in working with me on any of the above.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am Treasurer for the International Association of Literary Semantics, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, and the International Association of Literary Semantics

Teaching Activity

  • Literature, Culture & Society
  • Stylistics
  • Researching English
  • Reading Contemporary Fiction
  • Cognitive Poetics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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