Commissions & Collaborations
I’ve worked on several collaborations with academics and have produced commissioned works of short fiction to share academic research and ideas.
Short stories about egg donation
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, UK
I was commissioned to produce six short fictional stories based on interview research into the experiences of egg donors in the UK.
You can read three of the stories online at The Sociological Review.
The stories were also made into booklets, which have been shared with fertility counsellors who work with women considering egg donation. You can download these booklets - one focuses on egg sharing during IVF treatment, and one on donating eggs to a known recipient.
Fiction about living with animals
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, PORTUGAL
This collaboration was based on a sociological research project into families' everyday relationships with animals in Portugal. The researchers wanted to explore creative ways to share their work, and I was commissioned to write an original short story to communicate some of the project's findings.
My story 'All the Animals' (along with an essay about the story) is forthcoming in Animal Studies Journal.
Fairy tales and sustainability
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE, UK
This project grew out of a paper by a team of sustainability researchers about using fairy tale characters as metaphors for thinking in novel ways about environmental challenges.
What if, for instance, we thought of plastics as witches? Like witches, plastics offer all sorts of magical possibilities, and, like witchcraft, can be both beneficial and dangerous. But plastics are often demonised when campaigns focus solely on their negative impacts. Instead of waging these 'witch hunts', could we think about valuing, using (and re-using) plastics in better, more sustainable ways?
My commissioned story 'Fever' explores these ideas. You can read it, along with a commentary, in Yes! magazine.
I’m always interested in new collaborations of any kind - get in touch if you'd like to discuss ideas, or if you'd like to know more about any of these projects.