Writing

I’ve been writing since I can remember – making up stories, writing poems and avidly keeping a journal from childhood.

I always have various writing projects on the go. I’m currently working on a project looking at authenticity in popular culture and self-help literature. I’m also writing a novel about a young female artist, set in London. I love dystopian fiction and sci-fi and have written a series of dystopian short stories.

As a researcher, I’ve published various articles and book chapters which you can see listed below. My first book, Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Scene, came out in 2017.

2018

Book chapter: Embedding an Everyday Culture of Creativity: Putting Creativity to Work in a University Context’. In L. Martin and N. Wilson (Eds.) Handbook of Creativity at Work. Palgrave MacMillan.

Book review: ‘Hip-Hop Headphones’. By James Braxton Peterson. European Journal of American Studies.

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Book: Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Scene: Living Out Authenticity in Popular Music. Routledge.

Journal article: ‘Action Against Artism: Overcoming Institutional Discrimination in The Arts and Everyday Life.’ (2017 Revise & Resubmit). Co-authored with N. Wilson. European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Journal article: ‘Race, Appropriation and Commercialization: Authenticity Debates in Global and US Hip-Hop.’ (2017 Revise & Resubmit). Sociology Compass.

2016

Book review: ‘The Hip Hop and Obama Reader’. Edited by Travis L . Gosa and Erik Nielson. Music and Letters.

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A small town of everyday artists

Book chapter: From Artist to Entrepreneur: The Working Lives of London-based Rappers’. In B. Hracs, M. Seman and T. Virani (Eds.). The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age. Routledge.

Article:A small town of everyday artists.’ Co-authored with J. Hunter. ArtsProfessional Magazine.

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The Great Hip Hop Hoax (dir. Jeanie Finlay, 2013)

2014

Film review: ‘The Great Hip-Hop Hoax‘. Director Jeanie Finlay (2013).

2012

Journal article:A Life Lived in Media.’ Co-authored with M. Deuze & P. Blank. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6: 1.

Journal article: Bathroom banter: Sex, love and the bathroom wall.’ Co-authored with N. Matthews & J. Ball. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 15.

Book chapter: ‘Participatory Culture and Media Life: Approaching Freedom.’ Co-authored with the Janissary Collective: Blank, P., Brown, W., Deuze, M., Ems, L., Lewis, N., McWilliams, J., Speers, L. In A. Delwiche & J. Jacobs Henderson (Eds.) The Participatory Cultures Handbook. Routledge.

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Under the Influence Magazine

2010

Journal article:Vida Midiatica’. Co-authored with M. Deuze & P. Blank. Revista USP 86: 139-145.

Article: ‘Daddy Never Left the Building – He is in the Network’. Co-authored with M. Deuze, D. Yeshua-Katz, P, Blank. Under the Influence Issue 8.

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