Research

You can get a good overview of my research, teaching and engagement activity – including open access versions of many of my published articles – by going to my University of York institutional profile. I don’t want to duplicate that information here – but there are a few things that seem appropriate to put on a personal webpage as well as an institutional one.

Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers

I’m a Co-Investigator on the three-year AHRC-funded research project ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers’, based at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester. You can find out more about the project, and my role within it, here – or follow us on Twitter.

Future grants

I’m always interested in talking with colleagues who are developing a grant proposal and who, based on my previous work, think I might have the right expertise to contribute to their team. At the moment I’m particularly interested in developing proposals relating to the clergyman, collector, classicist, editor, reviewer and bibliomaniac Charles Burney Jr (1757-1817), and the author, printer, publisher, clergyman, inventor and conman John Trusler (1735-1820). Please get in touch if you work on either of these individuals and would like to have a chat!


Talks and conference papers available online

I’ve delivered dozens of talks and papers, and participated in many panels and roundtables, over my academic career to date. Here are a few that were archived online:

Cardiff BookTalk: Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light. I loved taking part in this panel discussing the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s epic and excellent Cromwell trilogy. My contribution discussed what Thomas Cromwell’s many names can tell us about Mantel’s approaches to ‘truth’ and ‘fiction’.

Introduction to ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers’. A short presentation contributed to the roundtable Digital Editions in Romantic Studies, organised by the British Association for Romantic Studies.

Reflections on Referentiality in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall Trilogy A paper about history, fiction, names and reference. Delivered as part of a conference that I convened in 2017 called ‘Fictive Histories, Historical Fictions’, held at the Huntington Library, San Marino. Soundcloud includes full lineup, including my opening remarks.

Facebook: A Universal Tattoo? TedX Youth Talk, delivered at Fallibroome Academy in November 2015