Sue returned to a part time academic career after fifteen years as a self-employed therapist and five years as a print-maker. Family circumstances meant that full time, or 'away from home' work was not an option, so Sue completed her print-making qualifications and her MA in Victorian poetry alongside self-employment. After the death of her daughter, it became possible to study for a doctorate, and this was completed in 2010 at Bath Spa University where Sue holds a part-time post. She has a post of Senior Associate at Bristol University where she is tutor and convener on the part-time English degree programme.
Sue's varied background colours all her teaching and research output. She is especially engaged in all aspects of literature related to landscape, environment and space/place, in particular the poetic languages that encourage, support or restrict human/non-human interactions with place and the material world, and how these poetics are themselves transformed or constrained. The period in which she has most experience, and which informs her teaching specialisms, combine the pre- and post-Romantic years with their influence on the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the last two years, she has been able to include her own art world experience in teaching and in conference papers, and to combine this with increasing research into early nineteenth-century scientific enthusiasm for material culture. Sue is an active conference participant and has been fortunate to offer many papers on the variety of her interests throughout the last ten years.
Sue has published papers on her main research interests; the poets, John Clare and William Barnes, literary dialect, and the role of dialect in place-specific identity formation.
She is Reviews Editor as well as a reviewer for 'Green Letters', the journal for ASLE-UKI, and has contributed a number of reviews, short pieces and reports for academic publications in the UK and USA, as well as acting as a reader for the publishers, Ashgate.
She is at present completing a monograph on William Barnes and his 'place', and is commencing editing a collection of essays on the representation and significance of gardens in nineteenth-century Gothic writing.
- PhD Bath Spa University