Hello! My name is Christopher, and I’m a postgraduate student at Pembroke College, Cambridge, reading Modern and Contemporary Literature. I was born in the depressed, mining town of Pontypridd in South Wales, but grew up in the ever-so-slightly-less depressed, post-industrial town of Northampton, England (home of Bauhaus, John Clare (kind of), Alan Moore, and all things gothic)
After studying at my local comp., I undertook A-Levels at Northampton College (now defunct). During this time, I received a conditional offer from the University of Nottingham to read English, where I subsequently spent three years. I was lucky enough to spend six months of that time studying at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada – reading Caribbean Literature, Contemporary Female Writers, and Canadian Modernism, inter alia. I’ve since won a Cambridge Trust scholarship and currently continue my literary studies at the University of Cambridge.
When I’m not reading and writing about literature, I enjoy long-distance running, cooking, volunteering in the community, fundraising, listening to music, pen-palling, and journalling. Here I am at the IKANO Robin Hood Half Marathon in Notthingham, 2017 (where I discovered I can only pull a normal face if I’m standing perfectly still):
This blog is… well, changing all the time and fairly irregular. For now, when I find the time, I’m using it to compile writings and scraps about twentieth and twenty-first century literature, politics, philosophy, cultural/critical theory, and their intersection – as well as what I call chicken scratchings: that is, creative writing that isn’t quite creative or writing, but something in between. If you’re interested in collaborating across any of these areas, you can get in touch here.