Alistair is a postdoctoral researcher with Creative Fuse North East at Durham University, where he also works for the Department of English Studies.
Through the Durham branch of Creative Fuse North East, he is helping to develop connections between arts and humanities researchers and arts and crafts businesses, and to support small creative businesses with innovative (and especially digital) projects.
As editor of READ: Research English At Durham, the social media brand for the Department of English Studies at Durham University, he has experience in engaging diverse audiences in the arts through digital channels. He is also a capable web developer, having produced websites for museums, archives and academic projects since 2003.
Alistair’s research background is in literary studies, looking across fields such as contemporary fiction, science fiction, gender studies, and the structure of fictional narratives. This last aspect particularly informs his current research into video games, where he has published work looking at the ways in which video games can be interpreted through literary theories and how literature can be understood as a kind of ‘game.’ He is also interested in the ways in which literary works get adapted into film and games – an appropriate theme in relation to Sherlock Holmes, who has been one of our most enduring and malleable literary characters.