In 2015 I fulfilled a long-held ambition to gain a BA in English. Two years later I completed a research MA on birds in literature, and in 2018 I was awarded a scholarship to study for a PhD in English and creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. I’m interested in the way humans experience nature after an experience of trauma, and am writing a memoir that weaves the story of my childhood with that of restoring a neglected allotment in south-west Sheffield.
A few years ago, I also co-authored a book with economist and activist Pam Warhurst. It tells the story of Incredible Edible Todmorden, the local food movement that’s transformed a town and is spreading across the world.