Hello! My name is Christopher, I’m an #ActuallyAutistic Doctoral Researcher of Contemporary Anglophone Literature at the University of Warwick. 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 subsequently won a Cambridge Trust scholarship and recently concluded my studies of Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Cambridge. I am yet to properly graduate (COVID-19!) but will do so with Distinction.
When I’m not studying, I enjoy long-distance running, cooking, volunteering at food banks, music, journaling and writing chicken scratchings. Here I am at my first race, the 2017 IKANO Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham (where I discovered I can pull a normal face only 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 – as I define it. If you’re interested in collaborating across any of these areas, you can get in touch here.