Freelance writer committed to interdisciplinary studies and public engagement in science and literature.


Munson Institute for Maritime Studies –Mystic, CT

Graduate Programme in Maritime History, Summer 2007

  • Thesis on the treatment of the History of Cetology in Moby-Dick

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College – Lynchburg, VA

  • BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing: Honours Degree, 2007
  • Minor, Environmental Studies (inc. Evolution, Biology, Animal Behaviour, Zoology)
  • GPA: 3.8/4.0; Phi Betta Kappa; Magna Cum Laude (top 10% of graduating class)




  • Part-time lecturer and course coordinator for ‘Humanities in Global Health’ teaching stream since 2012: ongoing


  • Teaching summer and short courses, 2013 -



Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

  • Coordinating and hosting literature-and-science events
    • Details outlined at end



  • Reviewing art-science crossover books, performances, and events



Scolarly society promoting interdisciplinary research, 2009-2010

  • Judge for 2010 BSLS Book Prize



  • Inducted March 2010



·       Double the Stars: The Life and Adventures of Miss Caroline Herschel, Cinnamon Press, forthcoming 2014

Poetry Books

  • Darwin’s Microscope, debut poetry collection: Flambard Press, 2009, re-print 2010
  • Opera di Cera, full-length verse drama forthcoming with Valley Press, 2014
  •  Atlantic, poetry collection forthcoming with Cinnamon Press, 2014
  • Editor of Pocket Horizon, a poetry pamphlet inspired by objects in the history of science and medicine, forthcoming with Valley Press (09/13) with new poems by the Nevada Street Poets, illustrations by Cassie Herschel-Shorland, and an introduction by Don Paterson.

Anthologies in which poems appear

  • Where Rockets Burn Through, 2012
  • Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, 2012
  • Bliss, Templar, 2011

Publications in which poems appear

  • The Junket
  • The Rialto
  • Science
  • The London Magazine
  • The Human Genre Project
  • New Fairy Tales

Poetry readings

Harvard Medical School, Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Programme, Royal College of Physicians | Gordon Museum of Pathology, Guy’s Hospital | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | ‘Made in Greenwich’ Poetry Evening, Greenwich | Days of Roses at Oliver’s Music Bar, London | The Troubadour, London | The Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield | The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere | Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh | The Darwin 200 Festival, Cambridge | Aberdeen WORD Festival, 2009 | Aberdeen Museum of Natural History | The Other Tiger bookshop, RI, USA | Randolph College, VA, USA | Christ’s College, Cambridge | Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL | Café Scientifique, Waterstone’s Aberdeen | Poetry Unplugged, London | Playfair Library, Edinburgh | Poetry Café, London

Fellowships, Residencies, Lectureships

  • Poet-in-Residence at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, 2009 – 2012 (details at end)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, The Genomics Forum, Edinburgh, 01/10
    • Residency in the labs, libraries, and museums of Edinburgh
  • Visiting Writer & Guest Lecturer at Randolph College, VA, USA, 04/09
    • Lectureship focusing on poetry and science crossover

Radio, Audio, Voice

  • ‘A Bedbug in Manhattan,’ performance poem and discussion in Episode Three: Bedbug, for The Gilded Vectors of Disease, produced by The Mustard Club, on Resonance FM, April-May 2012
  • Guest voice for ‘Sick City’ app produced with support of the Wellcome Collection:


  • Series of workshops as Whipple Museum Poet-in-Residence, 2009 – 2012 (see last page)
  • Poetry & Medicine workshops w/ Yr 4 Medical students, Imperial College, 04/11, 04/12, 03/13
  • Poetry workshops for Yr 6 & 7 students at the Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield, 03/10
  • Poetry workshops for 90 Yr 6 students, Aberdeen Zoology Museum & Reading Bus, 02/09


  • ‘Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist,’ for the British Medical Journal, 05/12
  • ‘Balm for the Soul: When Poetry meets Medicine,’ for New Scientist, CultureLab, 05/12
  • ‘Creativity takes Teamwork’ for New Scientist, CultureLab, 01/12
  • ‘Women, Astronomy & Greenwich’ booklet, printed by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and The Royal Society, 03/11
  • ‘On Tour with Darwin’s Microscope,’ for Viewpoint, Outreach and Education Committee journal of the British Society for the History of Science, 05/09
  • ‘Poetry of motion,’ on Electric Shadow by Heidi Williamson, for New Scientist, CultureLab, 04/11
  • ‘What do you get when you cross poets and geneticists?’ for New Scientist, CultureLab, 01/11
  • Dances with Darwin, by Rae Beth Gordon, for the British Society for Literature and Science, 07/09
  • Short fiction for BRAND Magazine, 04/09


  • Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century by Anne Stiles for the British Society for Literature and Science, 04/12
  • ‘An Experiment with an Air Pump,’ by Shelagh Stephenson, for New Scientist, CultureLab, 10/11
  • ‘The Comedy of Nature: Darwinian Feminism in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts,’ by Sam See, for the Journal of Literature and Science, Vol IV, No.1, 2011
  • Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed & Forgery in the Holy Land by Nina Burleigh for HarperCollins, 10/08
  • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammett, for Student Verse, 09/07

Presentations, Talks

  • ‘Indigo & Dragon’s Blood,’ at the Gordon Museum of Pathology, Guy’s Hospital, London, supported by King’s College London and the Wellcome Trust Fellowships. An evening performance of selections from Opera di Cera followed by discussion with wax-model experts. 04/06/13
  • Venus Heart: La Specola’s Waxworks in Verse,’ International Symposium on Poetry & Medicine, University of Warwick, 05/11
  • Public ‘Conversation’ with novelist Ann Lingard at the British Society for Literature and Science conference, 02/10
  • ‘From Slaying the Whales to Saving the Whales: A ‘natural’ history of cetology,’ Cabinet of Natural History, Department of the History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 02/10
  • ‘Poems of Space,’ with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Dr. Pippa Goldshmidt, National Maritime Museum / Royal Observatory Greenwich, 11/09
  • ‘Darwinism in Poetry,’ The Linnean Society of London, 11/09
  • ‘Cetology in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick,’ British Society for Literature and Science, 03/09
  • ‘Literary Try-Works: Moby-Dick & the ‘natural’ history of Cetaceans,’ Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, 07/08


  • From King’s College London Public Engagement, June 2013
  • From the Arts Council England, Oct 2011 and Jan 2010
  • From the Society of Authors, 2009
  • From the British Society for Literature and Science, 2009

Residency at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science

2009 – 2012

Curated, Hosted:

  • Editor of The Rules of Form: Sonnets & Slide Rules, the Whipple Museum’s first art book, on mathematics, poetry, and art, published for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 10/12
  • ‘The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules,’ an evening of poetry & talks on the Whipple Museum’s mathematical instrument collection for the Cambridge Science Festival, with Lesley Saunders, Badaude, and Dr Joe Crawford,  03/12
  • ‘INcredible: Stories in Science,’  Discussion Panel and creative writing workshop with Laura Dietz, Sue Guiney, Marek Kukula and Richard Barnett for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 10/11
  • ‘Fantastic Fungus Day’ lectures and creative writing workshop with Ruth Horry and Dr Richard Barnett for the Cambridge Science Festival, 10/10
  • ‘A Herschel Trio’ evening: Lecture by renowned Herschel scholar Michael Hoskin; live string quartet performance of Herschel’s music, and reading from manuscript, 01/10
  • ‘Poet in the Parlour,’ residency in the Victorian Parlour for Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 10/09
  • Darwin’s Bards reading and discussion with Dr John Holmes, 10/09
  • ‘Object Stories’ creative writing workshop with Dr Katy Price, 10/09
  • Poetry reading from Darwin’s Microscope to commence residency, 07/09