My research interests currently concern place, landscape and legacies of Romanticism in contemporary writing, or, more broadly, culture. I have given papers on the poetry of Cornish-based poets, Frances Bellerby and Jack Clemo, and published and given papers on the work of poet Alice Oswald. A further research strand concerns archives as source, resource, and ideological practice. With a Falmouth University colleague, in 2010-11, I was awarded a Learning and Teaching Enhancement Grant to investigate the use of archives in the teaching of creative writing (http://outofthebox.falmouth.ac.uk/); I am currently supervising one practice-based creative writing PhD, which takes specific historical documents, held at the Cornwall Record Office, as their creative and historical source; I am also supervising a PhD on the 19th century Cornish poet John Harris, who was a self-taught poet of the labouring classes. I previously was second supervisor for another creative writing PhD which examined nature writing in ethical terms, and am interested in any doctoral projects that involve place, poetry and landscape, lyric and design, either purely academic or creative writing.
I am also on the supervision team for a PhD which examines the relationship between illustration and texts in mid-20th century cookery books. At present, I am engaged in writing ‘back’ to the poet Edward Thomas, chiefly in connection with his journey by bike, from London to Somerset as recorded in In Pursuit of Spring (1914), in both prose and poetry. I am further engaged in working with the Charles Causley Trust to raise both popular and critical/scholarly interest in Causley, and recently organised a symposium on his work here at Falmouth. This is a project which the School of Writing & Journalism will continue to support in various ways. However, my interest in legacies of Romanticism in present-day culture means I write on modern fiction as well as poetry, both popular and literary.