I am a writer, editor, tour guide, photographer, and artist based in Manchester, UK. I’ve worked as a lecturer in Art History & Visual Studies at the University of Manchester and currently teach there at the Manchester International Summer School. I’ve written and edited five books: Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion, forthcoming in Spring 2016); Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in Long Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, forthcoming in late 2015); London’s Sewers (Shire, 2014); Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain (Ashgate, 2014); and Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire, 2009).
My writing research interests broadly cover visual culture and the built environment from the 19th century onwards, with particular interests in urban futures, underground spaces and ruins, print culture, and industrial architecture. I’ve published many articles on such diverse topics as ornament and iron, the ruins of Chernobyl, neo-Victorian horror cinema, gardening catalogues, census forms, London guidebooks, sewage pumping stations and information for cab passengers. I am also a visual artist and photographer as well as an experienced architectural tour guide in Manchester and the wider region.
To discuss book project, editing services, talks, tours, photographs or paintings, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org