Academic Work


I am Programme Leader for English  at the University of Northampton, where I Lecture in English and Creative Writing. I teach on the Second Year (Early English Literature module (Saxon, Anglo-Norman and Medieval literature) as well as first and second year Creative Writing Fiction modules, dissertations.. 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. 


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.


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 five 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 Gothic, edited 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 Feasting. Ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Brie. I am currently working on a series of publications from 1869-1910 from the "Penny Dreadful" series and the "Halfpenny Marvel" as well as articles looking at representations of the Gothic in Popular Culture, Victorian Serial novels and about Eleanor Sleath..

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