I’m a writer and linguist and have flipped back and forth between fulltime writing and fulltime academia throughout my working life. Until now. I’m now a writer with just a few post-grad students to supervise for The Open University. By some accounts that makes me semi-retired. But I know the truth about writing.
The writing career highlights – my short stories have been published in
several literary magazines and some of my stage plays have been professionally performed with the support of Arts Council England. Other plays were given rehearsed readings and sit in my computer like orphans waiting to be adopted. Taking a break from scriptwriting, I find myself writing more and more essays. One of these was shortlisted by Wasafiri Magazine for their Life Writing Competition 2014 and a couple have found their way into literary magazines. I’m also experimenting with some hybrid essay forms.
Of course, there are a couple of novels. In truth, my third and fourth novels – the first two were never published and now seem like distant relatives long dead. The completed third novel has had sample chapters to agents and small publishers. Just a couple of positive nibbles, but no fish have bitten yet. In the meantime, the fourth novel is in its third draft and not quite ready yet for a critical public.
As a linguist, I’ve authored four textbooks, including Digital Textuality (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), and I’ve had my research published in several books and journals. I’m also a regular contributor to the Literary Encyclopedia – that has come about from my academic life, but it feels more like freelance writing now.