I work in the Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University, where I teach, supervise and research in the fields of literary and cultural disability studies, the critical medical humanities, critical and cultural theory and modern and contemporary literature and film.
My primary area of research explores the cultural dimensions of current responses to dementia. I address this from two main perspectives. Firstly, how dementia is represented across a range of literary, filmic, televisual and auto/biographical texts, and secondly, how we might think about the role of the arts and humanities in relation to the lived experiences of dementia, ageing and the meanings of care.
I am particularly interested in how we think about value in this context and what it means to try to measure and capture the value of the arts or creativity more generally. I am also interested in literary, televisual and cinematic representations of learning disability and I work closely with younger people with learning disabilities. Links to some of my recent publications are available via my MMU webpage.