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Ph.D. Candidate • Tutor • Senior Bookseller


Current Positions:

 - AHRC funded Ph.D. Candidate at Durham University


 - Senior Bookseller at Waterstones


 - Private English Tutor

Oct. 2019 – Present

    Senior Bookseller

Waterstones, Liverpool One


Dec. 2015 – Sept. 2016

& Sept. 2017 – Present

     Private English Tutor



  • Tutoring A-Level English Literature and Language, GCSE English Literature and Language, and KS2/3 English

  • Over 250 hours of tutoring experience



Oct. 2017 – Oct. 2019     


Waterstones, Liverpool One


Feb. 2016 – Sept. 2016

     Food and Beverage Assistant

Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel


  • Restaurant and bar work; servicing conferences and events

  • Practiced rigorous stock rotation and first-rate standard of hygiene


Aug. – Sep. 2014

& Jul. – Nov. 2015         

     Food and Beverage Assistant

Ramada Plaza Southport


  • Learned the value of soliciting potential problems and resolving them before they are realised


2019 –         Durham University

                        Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature and Ecocriticism

   'Concrete Jungle: Reading "Nature" in the Literature of New York City'

2016 – 17     Durham University

                        M.A. Distinction

     Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Studies


  • Distinction awarded in every assessment

  • Further developed analytical skills and the ability to synthesise texts and data into well-presented and critical arguments

  • Classes in Research Methods and Resources, T. S. Eliot, Modernism and Touch, and Short Fiction Today:

Summative addressing the ways in which the representation of alternate realities in China Miéville and Jeanette Winterson are potentially able to foment resistance to neoliberal logic


Summative addressing the role of multilingualism, translation and non-translation in T. S. Eliot’s work


  • Dissertation: ‘The Scepticism of T. S. Eliot and James Joyce: Formal and Thematic Functions of Uncertainty’

  • Audited 30-credit French Reading Skills for Research: 43 hours of formal tuition


2011 – 15     Bangor University

                       B.A. (Hons.) 1st Class

     English Literature with Creative Writing with International Experience


  • Academic year 2013-14 at Pace University, New York City 

  • Researched and authored a one-hour play

  • Published in Bangor University’s creative writing journal

  • Member of the university drama society; acted in three plays and awarded the honour of ‘Best Onstage Performance’ in my second year




2004 – 11     Chesterfield High School and Sixth Form College


     2011     A Level (A*AAB) in English Language, English Literature,           Geography and Music Technology


     2009     AS Level PE (C)

                  7 GCSEs (A*-A) including Maths, Science, and English

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