I'm a writer from North East England, interested in finding moving and boundary-pushing stories in seemingly unremarkable places. Much of my writing is extremely personal and provocative.
I have a particular interest in realism, British, working class settings, female perspectives, sexuality, family life, gender identity, pornography, extremity, entomology and anatomy.
At the heart of my writing is a desire to see more problematic female-identifying protagonists. I want to see women who reject the prescribed behaviors of gender and prove that there is more to them than their place within a heteronormative, binary-gendered world.
We need problematic female characters to show that being problematic - being deeply flawed or unorthodox - isn’t an indication of gender at all, because gender is not its cause.
Audiences are infatuated with unpalatable and problematic protagonists like Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle and A Clockwork Orange's Alex DeLarge, but where are their female counterparts?
Let's see if I can write them myself.
Literature: Franz Kafka, The Marquis de Sade, Georges Bataille, William Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory, The Bible
Film: Mike Leigh, Céline Sciamma, Catherine Breillat, Andrea Arnold, Gaspar Noé, Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Harmony Korine, Park Chan-wook, John Waters, Thomas Vinterberg, Yorgos Lanthimos
I Am Not a Dominatrix
Short film - 2021
Writer and director.
A young woman threatens her relationship when she reveals the extent of her sexually sadistic desires.
An Unwelcome Guest
Short film - 2021
Directed by James Cookson.
Anna and her mother are visited by a strange man who threatens to ruin Anna's 15th birthday.
Short film - 2020
Goldsmiths, University of London. Directed by Tancredi Lo Cascio.
A father in crisis takes his 13-year-old daughter, Lucy, on a camping trip in the woods, but little does she know, they won’t be going home.
The Return Flight
Short film - 2019
Goldsmiths, University of London. Directed by Rubén González.
A flight attendant must help a Taiwanese man and British woman to communicate when a cultural difference causes a commotion before boarding.
The Girl in the Wall
Short story - 2019
In ‘We Are Here’. Ed. Ada Kalu, Sebastian Jenner. London, Brunel University, 2019. P. 21-28. Print.
An unhappy 13-year-old girl’s life becomes exciting when she finds a tiny girl living in her bedroom wall, until the turbulent relationship becomes too much for her to handle.
Short story - 2018
In ‘Wizards, Werewolves and Weird Engines.’ Ed. Kirsty Capes. London, Brunel University, 2018. P. 121-125. Print.
A sufferer of OCD imagines everyday objects will brutally attack her if she doesn't touch them 'right'. When the intrusive thoughts become more frequent and violent, she takes matters in to her own hands with devastating results.
Short story - 2016
In ‘Purple Lights’. Ed. Leone Ross. London, Fincham Press, 2016. P. 47-48. Print.
A surreal flash-fiction piece that takes the reader inside a drug-infested party.
MA Scriptwriting - Distinction
Goldsmiths, University of London
BA Creative Writing - 1st
Brunel University, London