Creative Projects & Employment History
2012–Present: Story Juice writing and experience design studio (Founder).
2018–2019: Immersion Fellow for the South West Creative Technology Network, a £6.5million project expanding the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. My work focuses on the storytelling affordances of AR/MR, including how to use poetic mechanics and design for intimacy in immersive experiences.
2017–Present: Part-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at Falmouth University in the School of Writing & Journalism and the Games Academy. Specialising in games and digital writing, immersive and interactive theatre.
2018: Writer/Director of Mission to Mars, an immersive theatre experience in collaboration with Eden Project and the National Space Centre. On site at Eden Project July 21-Sept 2, 2018, and experienced by hundreds of thousands of people.
2017–Present: Creative Director, Underland video game.
2018: Script, narrative design and performance consultant for The Infinite Guide, a speculative art work and research project powered by a conversational AI, Karst Gallery, Plymouth.
2018: Director and dramaturg of Eden Project’s Summer Space Show in the Mediterranean Biome.
2017: Game Writer and Narrative Designer for Underzone, Strike Game Labs.
Sept–Oct 2017: Writer/Director for an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches in collaboration with Eden Live, Eden Storytellers and the Roald Dahl Estate at Eden Project.
2017: Associate Lecturer in the school of Theatre & Performance, Plymouth University.
Feb–April 2017: Writer of multi-locational immersive theatre game Press Go for Almeida Theatre, London.
Jan–Feb 2017: Writer and Performer for Dangerous, a short play for Theatre Royal Plymouth IdeasLAB.
January 2017–June 2017 Associate Lecturer in English & Writing at Falmouth University.
Sept 2016–Performer for Walk, Hands, Eyes (a city) and How Can One Know In Such Darkness.
2016: Cast member and devising collaborator for Short Changed, Theatre Royal People's Company production.
2015: Creator of immersive and interactive experience The Art Of Getting Lost for contemporary arts festival Plymouth Art Weekender.
2010–2015: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Seminar Leader and Research Assistant at University of Exeter.
2009–Present: Freelance Journalist and Copywriter.
2014–2015: Production Assistant and Consultant, Dartmoor Killing film.
2012–2014: Digital Communications Manager / Production and Event Assistant, TEDx Transmedia, Rome. Employed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
2013: Co-writer The Hallowed, Rogue Theatre.
2012–2013: Writer, Co-director, Co-producer and Co-creator live-digital game Resurgam.
2012: Writer for Sleepydog.
2011: Creative director, project manager and lead game writer for international alternate reality game, Zoetrap.
2011: Multiplatform writer/producer for BBC Radio 4 play Shoebox Of Snow by Julie Mayhew.
2011: Commissioned Artist for Bio-OS Human Geography.
2011: Short story Science Lab Romeo and Juliet published in Blackbird.
2011: Travel Writer for Distilled.
2010: King Lear Facebook fiction.
April 2008–Oct 2009: Deputy News Editor at Daily Mirror online and Section Editor covering finance, investigations, health, travel and advice.
2007: Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar for Rotary International, funding a six-month sabbatical reporting from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
May 2004–March 2008: Plymouth Herald News Reporter, Newsdesk shifts, Blogger during six-month (March–Sept 2007) sabbatical in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2005: Performance poetry with Apples & Snakes, Exeter Phoenix.
Jan–April 2004: Cornish Times Reporter.
Sept 2003–Dec 2003: BFI Cinema Usher, London.
2002: Short fiction and poetry published in Konch Magazine and a print anthology distributed in the Bay Area, California. Accompanied by performances in Berkeley.
2000–2003: Ice Cream Van Lady (during university holidays). Bartender at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (during university semesters).
1994: First job as Assistant at quad bike and go-kart centre in Cornwall.
2017: International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, Madeira. Best Paper for peer-reviewed paper: Dynamic Syuzhets: Writing and Design Methods for Playable Stories. Available here.
August 2017: Lunchtime talk ‘Between Self and Other: Player characters, narrative, agency and identity in video games,’ to accompany David Blandy and Larry Achiampong’s Finding Fanon Sequence exhibition.
May 2017: Attendee at Forward/Story (Indonesia), a residential lab for writers, artists, technologists and designers to explore new challenges and collaborations.
2017: Mix Conference paper entitled ‘Playable Stories and Experience Protagonists in Video Games,’ Bath Spa University
2014: Falmouth University Air Studio talk ‘A Multiplatform Approach to Immersive and Interactive Storytelling,’ Falmouth.
2013: Game writing workshops, Plymouth University.
2013: Speaker and Panellist at Create and Innovate conference, Wales.
2012: Guest lecture on live-digital storytelling, Plymouth University.
2011: Guest lecture on transmedia storytelling, Plymouth University.
2011: Pervasive Media Studio lunchtime talk on design of Zoetrap ARG, Bristol.
Voluntary & Charity Work
2014–2015: Head of Training and Director at Plymouth City Roller Derby.
2011–2016: Coach at Plymouth City Roller Derby.
2013: Flash mob organiser to raise awareness of violence against women. Part of V-Day.
2010: 2km sponsored outdoor swim for St Luke’s Hospice cancer care.
2004–2008: Herald outreach voluntary work: listening to kids read; making and delivering food for the homeless via the soup kitchen.
2003: Course Leader on creative writing de-cal at University of California, Berkeley.
Jan–July 2000: Primary school teacher in Belize for World Challenge.
Education and Qualifications
2010–2016: Creative Practice PhD in Playable Stories (interactive/immersive theatre, video/live games, VR, AR & more). Funded by University of Exeter, part-time and based in the Creative Writing department at the Russell Group university.
2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Industries Professional Practice, Multiplatform Writing and Production (Distinction). Skillset-funded, Cyfle-provided and University of Glamorgan accredited (now University of South Wales).
2009–2010: Masters in English, Film and Creative Writing at University of Exeter.
2007: Portuguese—Level 4—Advanced (94%) according to CEFRL (Common European Framework). Completed at Bridge Brazil.
2006: NCTJ National Certificate in Journalism.
2005: NCTJ Journalism Diploma in Media Law, Public Affairs, Court Reporting, News Reporting, Journalistic Practice and Shorthand.
2000–2003: BA (Hons) English Literature, Film and Creative Writing at Cardiff University (First Class). Included one-year at University of California, Berkeley (4.0 GPA).
Awards and Achievements
2017: Best Paper for peer-reviewed paper: Dynamic Syuzhets: Writing and Design Methods for Playable Stories at International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), Madeira. Available here.
2014: Second place in Heartlands Series Roller Derby (Europe's largest flat track roller derby competition) as player-coach with Plymouth City Roller Derby (PCRD).
2014: Best Jammer UK Heartlands Series (now British Champs), south division.
2006: Highly commended finalist in Young Reporter of the Year UK Press Gazette awards.
2006: Winner Newcomer of the Year in South West Media Awards.
2003: Telluride Film Festival student symposium participant.
1995: Villiers Park/Cambridge University gifted scholars programme for less advantaged students.
1995: School award for longest time standing on one foot with eyes closed ;)
1995 — 1997: County hockey player for Cornwall.
1994: Blackbelt in Shotokan karate and national SEKU champion for kata.
Immersive/interactive theatre, gaming, travelling, anything that involves being in the sea, music festivals, art, hiking, dancing, film, skating, performing, crime fiction, learning new stuff.