My research interests include: radical and marginalised histories; public and prison libraries; creative writing and writer development, information access and inclusion; community engagement; spatial justice; city farms; counter-mapping; psychogeography; participatory research; and autoethnography. I studied Creative Writing at Bachelors level, and Library Science with Distinction at Masters level.

Professionally, I am Co-Founder, Project Manager & Editor at CityLife: Stories for Change – an intergenerational community engagement life writing research project that began life at UEL and transferred to UEA, uncovering unheard stories of urban elders. Also Project Worker at Spitalfields City Farm, delivering community engagement wellbeing and ecotherapy projects.

I am a Trustee at Spread the Word writer development agency, and from May to August 2022, Writer-in-Residence at House of Annetta for their summer residency.

Previously Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant, and Programming at various London-based arts and literature charities, and writing mentor on the Power of the Pen writing programme by Arkbound Foundation.

My full profile can be found on LinkedIn.


I have an MSc with Distinction in Library Science from City, University of London. I am the recipient of the Catherine Hamilton Prize for Outstanding LIS Dissertation.

Prior to this, 2:1 graduate of UEL’s Creative & Professional Writing BA Hons degree 2011-2014; undertaking two internships and founding UEL PEN, a student-led subgroup of writers charity English PEN. I was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Contribution to UEL and wider East London communities.

Other Publications

Masserano, E., Dodd, S., Maddison, S. & McWatt, T. (2021) ‘Stories of COVID-19: Social Pasts & Futures in the CityLife Project,’ The Sociological Observer, 3(1). Available at: https://www.sociology.ie/publications.html (Issue 3)

McWatt, T., Dodd, S. and Maddison, S. (2015) (eds.) EastLife: An Anthology of Life Writing. London: University of East London (PDF format, .epub format, .mobi format)

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    ‘Stories Not Statistics: An Autoethnographical & Narrative Exploration of the Value of Public Libraries’ (abstract) at ASIS&T Untold Stories in Information Science #IST22 conference. Speaker, June 2022. (Download presentation)

    Stories, Communities, and Public Libraries to OLIve, University of East London. Guest Lecturer, April 2022. (Download presentation)

    Reimagining Voices and Identities in Uncertain Times: Social Transformation, Fragmentation and Post-Pandemic Futures conference, Sociological Association of Ireland. Co-contributor, March 2022. As part of CityLife.

    Futures of Creative Writing conference, ‘Community Voices’ roundtable, University of East Anglia. Speaker and co-contributor, May 2021. As part of CityLife.

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