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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


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