I have lived in Stoke-on-Trent for a mere 20 years and am still learning about the rich cultural heritage that is intertwined with the city’s industrial history. As a teacher of English I first became interested in tales of the city, then increasingly aware of art’s potential to foster pride in the post-industrial Potteries. My role as city-wide Heritage Champion is two-fold: 1) to promote Stoke’s cultural heritage within the city and to the wider world; 2) to make connections between past cultural production and the vibrant, varied contemporary arts scene in Stoke.
I teach at Staffs and Keele Universities and am Chair of the Arnold Bennett Society. I am a member of various other cultural heritage and tourism groups locally and have given many talks from Burslem to Bloomsbury and beyond on Stoke-on-Trent culture.