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July 2021: My book, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times (Bloomsbury, 2020), is now available in paperback. You can find it in bookshops like WHSmithAmazonBlackwell’s, and Barnes & Noble.


On 29th July, I’ll be speaking on applying for Wellcome Trust funding and my postdoc experience at Academic opportunities after the PhD: postdocs, fellowships & more. Registration is free.


July 2021: I gave a paper at the online interdisciplinary workshop Making Sleep: New Insights for a New Public Health? My paper explored literary perspectives on the sleep crisis.


June 2021: Watch the recording of my public lecture at Newcastle’s Lit&Phil, “Are We in a Sleep Crisis? Perspectives from Contemporary Culture”. The talk explores representations of sleep in contemporary culture and the so-called sleep crisis, namely the idea that contemporary society is sleep-deprived. 


April 2021: with Andrew Tate and Mary McCampbell, I organised the first international conference devoted to Canadian writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland. You can find out more, including recorded sessions, on the conference website.


April 2021: I was part of Image Journal‘s writers panel ‘God After God: Coupland, McLuhan, and Divine Absence in the Digital Age’. Watch my pre-recorded remarks here, and catch up with the live conversation featuring myself, Nick Ripatrazone, Meghan O’Gieblyn, and Lisa Cockrel here.


March 2020: Read my article in The Conversation celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of Douglas Coupland’s Generation X and discussing the legacies of this novel in the 21st century. The article has since been re-published in several news outlets, including Salon.


January 2021: Read my opinion piece on Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Tenet in RTÉ Brainstorm. The article argues that Tenet is a movie shaped by climate change that fails to appropriately confront the crisis.


A woman holds a skull in her hand like a hamlet.

January 2021: My research on post-apocalyptic fiction has been featured in Yle, Finland’s national public broadcasting company.


December 2020: Read my piece in The Polyphony introducing my new research project, ‘Writing the Sleep Crisis’, and looking back on the project’s inaugural event ‘Forty Winks Café‘ at the Being Human Festival 2020. The piece discusses sleep deprivation and speculative fiction that imagines the future end of sleep.


December 2020: With Contemporary Studies Network, I organised the online workshop and conference ‘Canons and Values in Contemporary Literary Studies‘.


November 2020: For Being Human Festival 2020, I organised Forty Winks Café, an online event on health, sleep, and contemporary culture featuring talks by Katy Shaw, Jason Ellis and myself. Watch the recording of the event here and download a list of recommended books, films, and videos featuring sleep here.


November 2020: Andrew Tate, Mary McCampbell and I curated a ‘Thinking With’ multimedia cluster for ASAP/J, titled ‘Thirty Years of Generation X‘. The cluster comprises five short essays, a painting, and a video roundtable. My essay is titled ‘McJobs and Veal Fattening Pens: Work and Futurity in Generation X‘.


November 2020: I wrote an entry on the iPhone in Ling Ma’s post-apocalyptic novel Severance for the ‘Crossed Lines‘ online exhibition of literary telephones, curated by Sarah Jackson.


September 2020: I have a new book chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty Four, exploring the politics of memory and archives in the novel.


July 2020: I have a new book chapter in 21 Century US Historical Fiction, exploring David Means’ alternate history novel Hystopia.