With a BA (Hons) degree and a MLitt already under my belt, I am currently undertaking a PhD at The University of Glasgow and I am very passionate about my subjects. My undergraduate degree in Media: Theory and Production allowed me to cover many aspects of the media including journalism, cinema, television, radio and theatre from both practical and theoretical perspectives. My Master of Literature degree allowed me to take the theoretical aspects learned at undergraduate level and apply them to both written and visual media by analysing a range of visual cinema and academic critical writings on cinema. Both degrees also included dissertation pieces: at the commence of the BA (Hons) I produced a 10,000 word piece looking at the deeper social and psychological aspects of 1940s melodrama and for the MLitt I undertook the task of presenting Gene Kelly as not just a talented on-screen performer, but also as a fine auteur of cinema, in a 15,000 word thesis. During the postgraduate degree I ran a screening class, a seminar on star studies, hosted a lecture on star-as-body and took part in three postgraduate symposiums. During my undergraduate degree I had 20 articles published in various society newsletters and magazines including The Sinatra Music Society, The International Crosby Circle, Movie Memories and The John Wayne Film Society. I also undertook a placement at CML (Community Media Limited) in Glasgow where I worked as a reporter for several local newspapers. I am presently undertaking research from my forthcoming PhD, working on several short stories and completing my first collection of poetry. I have been a lyricist since the age of 11 and am presently a member of the International Songwriters Association. I have penned in the region of 500 songs in this time. I am also working on a collection of pencil sketches and canvas paintings of classic Hollywood stars, completed works include Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and Tyrone Power. I have also started freelance writing for Helium.