I was born in 1981 and grew up in West Sussex. The stretch of the South Downs between Pulborough and Chichester is still my favourite bit of country. I did my undergraduate degree in English at Christ Church, Oxford, and then moved to London where I worked in the British Art Department at Christie's. During my time there I was lucky enough to learn a good deal about the tradition of watercolour painting.
I went on to do an MA at the Courtauld Institute, specialising in modern European Art. At the time it felt rather rebellious to choose a British subject for my dissertation, but I wrote about the revival of the landscape watercolour in the 1930s. The project made me want to explore the relationship between the Romantic English art I discovered on the MA, and the modernist fiction (especially by Virginia Woolf) that was my first big literary passion. This became the subject of the doctoral thesis I wrote over the next three years in Oxford, and eventually - much revised - it turned into Romantic Moderns.
I came to the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in 2007 and I’m still here, talking about novels with eight or nine students at a time in my office on Abercromby Square.
On Crosby beach, Liverpool
Some Interviews and Profiles.
An interview with Janine Catalino for The Courtauld News, Spring 2011, pp. 46-8.
Toast Travels asked me about the places I love best, and why: 'The Very Best Place'
University Business asked about the relation between mainstream and academic writing: 'The Write Stuff'
The Guardian asked about writing and influences: 'First Book Award Q&A'