About Adam

I am a Lecturer in English at York St John University where I currently teach on a range of undergraduate modules, including: Reading Texts 1, Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction, Writing for Academic Success, Literary Theory, Contemporary Writing, Gender and Sexualities and Literature at Work.

I am also an Honorary Research Fellow the Sheffield Centre for Archival Practices. Until recently I also worked as a Cultural Engagement Assistant on an AHRC-funded project anthologizing poems of protest printed in Sheffield’s radical press at the dawn of the nineteenth century.

For the past few years I have also been a Co-Lead Educator on a Massive Open Online Course titled ‘Literature of the Country House’ and I am a long-serving Co-Editor for the Media pages of CRITICKS (The Online Review Site for the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies).

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My doctoral research was on early eighteenth-century periodicals that were funded by political parties but never signaled their partisan credentials. My PhD centered on one periodical in particular, Joseph Addison’s The Free-Holder. I am now building on this work to produce a monograph examining all Whig funded periodicals printed during Addison’s time as the party’s Chief Propagandist.

All of the papers I looked at for the PhD were printed in London and by the end of the project I’d noticed that they were all smugly metropolitan, regardless of their political affiliations. The good voter always seemed to be defined in contrast to a patronizing and pejorative representation of the Northerner. This troubled me, so much so that when the PhD was eventually over I was left with one burning question: how did people express political opinion in the North? What does Northern partisanship actually look like, discounting the way it was represented in the Southern, Metropolitan press?

And it is this question that led me to the man I am most interested in at the moment: James Montgomery, a poet, hymn-writer, statesman, slavery abolitionist and editor of Sheffield’s radical press at the turn of the nineteenth century.


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  5. Adam,
    Cheryl has passed on to me your book Poetry Conspiracy Radicalism – which looks very interesting indeed about my favourite period in Sheffield history. I am most grateful. I am leading a Historic Troublemakers Walk of Sheffield City Centre at 3 p,m. tomorrow Sunday 19 June starting in Paradise Square. You would be very welcome!
    Best wishes,

    • Hi David,
      It is excellent to hear from you, I am pleased you have received the book! Unfortunately I’m not in Sheffield this weekend – is this a regular Walk, I would love to come along another time. I’d also really like to meet if you’d be up for a coffee at some point, this is a great opportunity to compare notes and perhaps plan for future collaborations!
      All best,

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  7. Hi Adam, I am a member of Sheffield U3A Story writing group. We have written for an event in the Sheffield Off the Shelf Festival called Dark Tales from the Steel City and are presenting our pieces in the parts of the city they relate to on a story walk on October 13th. (Page 65 in the Off the Shelf brochure of events.) As it happens, my story is located at the statue of James Montgomery by the side of Sheffield Cathedral. I have written it as if James is talking to the visitors at his feet. I wonder if you are available to come and hear the story, and the others on the walk for that matter, or if I could send you the piece if you are interested.
    Regards, Jan Henry

    • Hi Jan,
      That sounds excellent – I’m afraid that I will be in York on the evening of October 13th, I am very sorry to miss this. I would love for you to send it to me though, and I’d be delighted to here more about the U3A story-writing group. My email address is on the ‘Find Adam’ page of this blog, I look forward to hearing from you!
      All best,

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