Academic Work

 

I am currently Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, where I Lecture in English and Creative Writing. I was one of the Year Tutors from 2012-17 and Programme Leader in 2017-18.

 

I teach on the Second Year (Early English Literature module (Saxon, Anglo-Norman and Medieval literature) as well as Creative Writing Fiction modules, Professional Practice, and contribute to the Poetry modules. I also supervise dissertations in English and Creative Writing. I am currently co-supervising two PhDs, and would welcome enquiries from anyone who is interested in looking at folklore, fantasy, Saxon Medieval or Gothic literature. I developed a template for the Creative Writing Yearbook, called Red Kite, which ensures that all Creative Writing students are published by the time they finish their degree the sixth volume of which will be published in Autumn 2020.

My doctoral thesis at the University of York was a comparative study of the Latin and Anglo-Norman versions of the Voyage of Brendan. A volume based on this study was published as The Legend of St Brendan (Brill, 2008) and a facing-page translation of the Anglo-Norman text was published as The Anglo-Norman Voyage of Brendan (Bilingual Edition) (Isengrin, 2012). A further facing page translation of an Anglo-Norman poem about the first inhabitants of Albion entitled The Origin of the Giants was published in 2014. These are primarily used as teaching tools for the Early English Module.

I have recently completed a translation and commentary of a fourteenth century treatise on astronomy and astrology entitled Nicole Oresme's Treatise of the Sphere and an edition of a Gothic novel influenced by the writings of Ann Radcliffe and which has not been published since 1802 entitled Who's the Murderer? by Eleanor Sleath and now published by Valancourt Books. I am also working on the Medieval Legend of Judas Iscariot and looking to publish eight volumes of the Victorian serial stories of Spring-heeled Jack.

Other volumes to which I have contributed include an essay on "Gog and Magog: Guardians of the City" in London Gothicedited by Lawrence Phillips and Anne Witchard (Continuum, 2010) and "The Shadow over Derleth: Disseminating the Mythos in The Trail of Cthulhu" in New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft edited by David Simmons (Palgrave, 2013). I have co-edited a volume Creating Myths as a Narrative of Empowerment and Disempowerment based on a conference held in Jendouba, Tunisia in March 2014 and a further edited volume of Conference Proceedings: Order and Disorder. I have recently contributed an essay entitled “Sir Gawain and the Ritual Process” in The Rites of Passage Time after Time edited by Adina Hulubas and Ioana Repciuc, and “The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack” in Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, Vol.3, issue 2, 2016, edited by Lorna Piatti-Farnell. Recent publications include “Food and Feasting in Gawain and the Green Knight” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food edited by Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Brie. I have also recently contributed chapters on Doctor Who and Quatermass to the Palgrave Handbook to Contemporary Gothic, and a further chapter on Spring-heeled Jack to the Palgrave Handbook to Steam Age Gothic.

In addition to the on-going work on the Spring-heeled Jack library, I am currently working on a chapter on Eleanor Sleath for Palgrave and another chapter on August Derleth for Lexington.

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