About

I am a writer and researcher based in Oxford, UK. I welcome commissions to write or speak on topics of literary interest relating to all historical periods, and especially British and Irish women’s writing of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

For details on how to contact me, please visit this page.

My writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian (Books blog), History Ireland, For Books’ Sake, and Literature Online. You can also hear me discussing Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in this podcast at The History Vault.

I am also a postdoctoral research assistant in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, providing research and editorial support on Pamela Clemit’s Oxford University Press edition of The Letters of William Godwin.

For the current academic year I am also providing occasional teaching at Queen Mary, on the undergraduate module ‘Women Writing in the Romantic Period’.

I have previously taught English literature 1700-present at various colleges of the University of Oxford (2009-16).

Here are some of my recent publications:

My edition of Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale (1818), by Sydney Owenson, for Chawton House Library Women’s Fiction series (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012) was reissued in paperback by Routledge in 2016.

‘Bath’s Dark Gothic Past’ [feature on women Gothic novelists and the city of Bath], The Bath Magazine, 181 (Oct. 2017), 44-5; available online here.

‘Principle and Passion’ [feature marking bicentenary of Lady Caroline Lamb’s 1816 novel Glenarvon], Jane Austen’s Regency World, 84 (Nov./Dec. 2016), 23-31.

‘From the Education of Daughters to the Rights of Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft in Ireland, 1786-7’, History Ireland 24:1 (Jan./Feb. 2016), 22-5; available online here.

‘Reasons to Read Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage, in its Centenary Year’, For Books’ Sake, 30 Sept. 2015.

‘Are These the Greatest Books by Women You’ll Never Read?’ Guardian, 5 Aug. 2015.

‘Jane Austen Invented #RealisticYA Fiction’, Guardian, 3 Apr. 2015.

For Books’ Sake Hallowe’en: Spirituality and Divination’, For Books’ Sake, 28 Oct. 2014.

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