Before doctoral study, I spent several years working in the arts development sector: first as Arts Officer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere; and then as Literature Development Officer for City of York Council. I also worked as UK Project Manager for 'Crossing Borders': a distance-learning creative writing project organised by the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University in partnership with the British Council. I also spent several years as Chair of the Norman Nicholson Society and was on the Advisory Board for the 'Words by the Water' Literature Festival in Keswick, Cumbria.
I am on the Advisory Board of Palimpsest: a digital literary mapping project based at the University of Edinburgh which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have served as a peer reviewer for a range of journals, academic publishers and funding bodies; and I have been an invited speaker – on digital literary mapping – at academic conferences and symposia in both the UK and overseas.
In the summer of 2014, I also contributed as an 'expert' to Seldom Seen: a series of public 'roadshows' and interactive walks organised by Art Gene – an artist-led organisation based in Barrow-in-Furness – designed to facilitate the creation of new participatory cultural maps of the Morecambe Bay area.
I am on the steering group for the cross-Faculty interdisciplinary 'Creative Geographies' research cluster at MMU; and, in 2014/15, I am taking part in the University's 'Future RKE Leaders' programme. I will be on research leave – funded by the University's Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Research – in the Spring Term of 2014/15.