I live in Lincoln, UK and work in the School of Education, College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln. Between 2010 and 2019, I researched and wrote about co-operative higher education with Mike Neary. Some of that work was collected for my PhD.
In 2017, I learned from Roy Courtnall how to make a classical guitar. Since then, I have continued to make nylon-stringed guitars and am now researching the history and methods of teaching and learning the craft of lutherie. I am a member of the Galpin Society, the American Musical Instrument Society, the Guild of American Luthiers and a supporting member of the European Guitar Builders.
Previously, I worked as audiovisual archivist for Amnesty International’s Secretariat (2004-8) and as a film archivist at the British Film Institute’s conservation centre (2002-4). I studied for an MA in Film Archiving at the University of East Anglia (2002) and between 1998-2001, I lived in Japan and acted as a conduit and curator for Japanese, European and American avant-garde film and video artists. During the 1990s, I studied Zen Buddhism and Japanese, first at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1993-96), and then at the University of Michigan (1996-8).