My first novel, The Invisible Crowd, was published by HarperCollins (HQ) in November 2017, after nearly a decade's work. Please read it, and if you like it, writing a few nice words in an online review or in a message to me directly would mean a lot.
My first book, Saffron Shadows, was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. It is about literary life in Myanmar under censorship and includes new translations of fiction and poetry. I researched it while living and working in Yangon.
I am currently doing a PhD in literary anthropology at Stirling, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, researching live literature, and writing a book on the subject for Palgrave's Literary Anthropology series. I am interested in the value of creative writing forms and styles in an ethnographic context.
I direct an experimental live literature project called Ark that stages immersive short story performances in library spaces. I write and make stories as part of those shows. I am interested in the symbiosis between the creative and the critical.
I have an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway (Distinction), a Masters in human rights law and social theory from UCL (Distinction), and a degree in Music from Oxford (top first).
I am married with two wonderful children both under three and we live in London.
Before all this, I practised as a barrister at a London chambers for seven years. I've worked for an AIDS orphan charity in Zambia, in a refugee camp court in Thailand, on the Botswana's Bushmen's trial contesting their eviction from ancestral lands, and in Myanmar training lawyers on human rights. I admit to a brief encounter with management consultancy. As a flautist I have played professionally in orchestras, busked my way around Europe and winged it in a jazz quartet.
If you'd like to say hello, please do via my contact page.