Liverpool Hope

Liverpool Hope

I have been a member of staff at Liverpool Hope since January 2012, and I am now Head of the School of Humanities and Head of English, and an Assistant Dean.  I am also a Fellow of Wesley Hall.


(A photograph taken at the madrigals on May Morning – one of the highlights of the year at Hope.)


Hope also owns Plas Caerdeon, a house with a wonderful history, where Darwin stayed.





  • Writing Home: World War and Class Conflict, 1900-1945 (a third-year undergraduate course at Liverpool Hope)

‘World War and Class Conflict’ looks at English poetry and prose during the age of Modernism, with an emphasis on Englishness, war and social inequality – topics that are closely related during this period.  It is an opportunity to look at literature that, although belonging to the age of Modernism, might not necessarily be considered Modernist.  Indeed, it is an opportunity to consider popularity, accessibility and a belief in tradition.

Set Texts:

(in chronological order – they will not necessarily be studied in this order)

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908).  Edition: Oxford World’s Classics, 2010.

E.M. Forster, Howards End (1910). Edition: Penguin, 2000.

Edward Thomas, The Annotated Collected Poems (2008: written 1914-17) Edition: Bloodaxe, 2008.

Wilfred Owen, The Poems of Wilfred Owen (1990; written 1913-18).  Edition: Chatto, 1990.

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). Edition: Penguin, 2006.

Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That (1929).  Edition: Penguin, 2000.

Dorothy L. Sayers, The Nine Tailors (1934). Edition: Hodder, 1959 and reprints.

Stevie Smith, Novel on Yellow Paper (1936).  Edition: Virago, 1980.

George Orwell, Coming Up for Air (1939).  Edition: Penguin, 2001.

Barbara Pym, Crampton Hodnet (1985; written 1940).  Edition: Virago, 2012.

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945).  Edition: Penguin, 2000.



  • Rewriting the North (MA module, taught with Zoe Kinsley)


Indicative core texts:

Daniel Defoe, A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain

Charlotte Smith, The Young Philosopher

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Masque of Anarchy”

Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Major Works

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wilfred Owen, The Poems of Wilfred Owen

Philip Larkin, The Complete Poems

J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country

Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

Jean Sprackland, Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach


  • Creative Writing (third-year undergraduate seminars)Biography and Autobiography


  • Other lectures and topics includeMuriel Spark, DH Lawrence’s short stories, Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey, T.S.Eliot, Robert Frost, WH Auden