Illustrations were provided by my extraordinarily talented cousin, Olivia Petrini. See more of her work.

I'm a creative nonfiction writer, journalist, and documentary-maker. I like making work about human relationships with the elements, metals, minerals, stones, and rocks that are underneath our feet. I became interested in the world of geology only after I was prescribed the third element, lithium, in one of its compound forms, when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2017. 

I wrote, narrated, and co-produced 'Lithified', an experimental audio documentary, in partnership with my creative collaborator, the sound designer and composer Alice Boyd. In 'Lithified', I get ready for my future without lithium having decided to trial coming off it, whilst exploring the landscape of Cornwall—the first place in the UK where lithium is being mined. 'Lithified' was broadcast on 23 October 2023 on BBC Radio 4 and is available as a podcast on BBC Sounds. 

My six-part serial, 'Lithium Mania', was the first research project to seriously investigate the socio-environmental side effects of mining lithium as a medication for bipolar disorder. 'Lithium Mania' was commissioned by the Wellcome Collection and published in 2021. Alice Boyd and I again collaborated on two pieces of sound art to accompany the serial: 'Honeymoon' and 'Atrophy'. These were selected for In the Dark's 'New Voices' of 2022 award. 

Further essays and articles of mine have been published by the Wellcome Collection and the medical humanities journal The Polyphony, amongst others. I edit and write book reviews for Medical Humanities, which is part of the British Medical Journal. My reviews have also appeared in the Guardian and New Scientist

I'm working on my first book. It's going to be a memoir about recovery and the geology of the South West and I'm looking for representation. If you're interested in my work, I'd love for you to get in touch.