Criticism

Critical works online.

As a literary critic and researcher, my work focuses on experimental and avant-garde modern and postmodern poetry, with a particular interest in concrete poetry and digital poetics. I recently completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow on Scottish ‘avant-gardener’ Ian Hamilton Finlay, entitled ‘From Stonypath to Little Sparta: Navigating the Work of Ian Hamilton Finlay’ and have produced prize-winning research on interactive poetry generators. I am a contributor to Gutter, Glasgow Review of Books and I <3 E-Poetry. Selected critical writings and reviews, published here and elsewhere online, are collected below.

Essays

Glasgow Review of Books. Extended review of The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction with reference to Roland Barthes’s The Empire of Signs.

Glasgow Review of Books. An exploration of the alt lit aesthetic via the work of Mira Gonzalez, Steve Roggenbuck and the Internet Poetry Tumblr blog.

A defence of Vladimir Umanets, the ‘vandal’ who was sentenced to two years imprisonment in 2012 for tagging Rothko’s Black on Maroon at the Tate Modern. This essay was distributed at ‘Dada’s Little Bitch’, Yellowism exhibition at the Freak Sister Yellowistic Chamber, London, October 2013.

Reviews

Gutter Magazine

Gutter Magazine

Gutter Magazine

Glasgow Review of Books

Glasgow Review of Books

Glasgow Review of Books

Island Review

I <3 E-Poetry

I <3 E-Poetry

Talks

Gallery talk and podcast produced on the poem-prints of Ian Hamilton Finlay, produced in collaboration with the Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow.