I joined Kingston in 1992 and served as Field Leader of English Literature and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities. I was Head of the School of Humanities between 2003-2013. I co-founded of Kingston University Press and created the first MFA course in Creative Writing in the UK as well as the MA in Publishing. I additionally directed the Kingston Writing School from 2011-2017. My general research area is 19th and 20th Century American and English Literature with a specialism in Literature of the American South, and I have published articles in a range of journals, writing particularly about the fiction of William Faulkner and the context of American Pragmatism, and co-edited a book with Manchester University Press on Englishness. I am currently in the process of revising my textbook on essay writing entitled Writing Better Essays: A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure and Coherence for a second international edition to be published by Equinox Press in 2021. I became Emeritus Senior Fellow in 2017.
Emeritus Senior Fellow
When a member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston I taught English and American Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism and Essay Writing. I supervised MA dissertations in English and American Literature and Creative Writing and MFA dissertations in Creative Writing. I also supervised PhDs in American Literature and Creative Writing.
As Head of School I led the development of a joint MFA in Creative Writing with the University's long-term partner the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the first intake of students to UNCC set to begin in 2020.
I have also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Stephen Spender Trust and regularly acted as an external examiner for literature and creative writing departments in the UK.
For seven years, from 2012 to 2-19, I co-directed the Athens (Greece) Creative Writing Summer School jointly supported by the Kingston Writing School and the British Council in Athens.
I served as Field Leader in English Literature at Kingston University from 1997 to 2003. I was then Head of the School of Humanities at Kingston until 2013 and Director of the Kingston Writing School until my retirement in 2017, at which time I assumed the role of Emeritus Senior Fellow. I co-founded the Kingston University Press, and as Head of School I initiated the Awards and Achievement Programme for students. I also led the development of the country's first MFA in Creative Writing and the School's MA in Publishing.