Reading Bukowski: Why You Need to Read Eighteenth-Century Literature (2017)
I was invited to appear as a guest on Claire Fenby’s highly popular Youtube Channel, ‘Reading Bukowski’ (which currently has over 12,000 subscribers), to discuss my research, teaching and the eighteenth century in general.
Creative Arts in Bewildering Times (2017)
I was invited to delivery the introductory address for the York St John Student Showcase, an event which launched ‘Beyond the Walls’, an anthology of creative writing edited and published by students. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the event, so I made this recording which was played on the night.
James Montgomery: A Life of Activism (2016)
Sheffield 1794: Print, Protest and Poetry (2016)
Sheffield Doc/Fest Onscreen Factuality Market (2016)
In Spring 2016 my proposal for a project about the life of James Montgomery was selected to be pitched to a board of television producers and broadcast professionals. The application had to be accompanied by a 3 minute video, which you can view below.
The Mobile University (2015)
The following video was filmed at the University of Sheffield’s ‘Mobile University‘ event and it sees me discussing my research on Sheffield’s legendary newspaper man, James Montgomery.
MA Eighteenth-Century Studies (English), University of Sheffield (2015)
I was invited to reflect on my experience of doing Sheffield University’s MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies (2009-10) in this short video.
Literature of the English Country House (2015-16)
From 2015-2016 I worked as a Co-Lead Educator on this free on-line course, responsible for developing and delivering much of the material. The course was a ‘MOOC’, running from July-August in 2015 and 2015. To view the full trailer and find out more information, click here.
Material Conditions: Exclusive insights into the University Library Special Collections Archive
Throughout the course I interviewed academics from the University of Sheffield’s School of English. Together we consulted a wide range of archival material.
Minds and Manners: Jane Austen and the English Country House
This video is an edited version of the introduction to the course’s fourth week, which focusses on Pride and Prejudice.
Live Q&A: Literature, Sociability and News in the Eighteenth Century
This video was originally broadcast as a live ‘Google Hangout’, during which we invited questions from students relating to the third week of the course (“Politeness and the Eighteenth-Century Country House”). In this video I am joined by Professor Susan Fitzmaurice.
Live Q&A: Gothic
This video was originally broadcast as a live ‘Google Hangout’, during which we invited questions from students relating to the fifth week of the course (“The Malevolent or Reclusive Owner”). In this video I am joined by Dr Amber K. Regis and Professor Angela Wright.
Live Q&A: Politeness and Print Culture in the Eighteenth Century
This video was originally broadcast as a live ‘Google Hangout’, during which we invited questions from students relating to the third week of the course (“Politeness and the Eighteenth-Century Country House”). In this video I am joined by my head of department, Professor Susan Fitzmaurice.
Live Q&A: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and the English Country House
This video was originally broadcast as a live ‘Google Hangout’, during which we invited questions from students relating to the fifth week of the course (“The Malevolent or Reclusive Owner”). In this video I am joined by Drs Joe Bray and Amber K. Regis.
Literature of the English Country House: Companion Blog (2015)
Alongside the 2015 run of Literature of the English Country House I curated a dedicated section of the School of English blog, intended as a forum to response to and further explore both the content of the course and the conversations it stimulated. The first blog of its kind to run beside a School of English MOOC, the blog published over 20 posts on a vast array of related topics, all written by staff and postgraduate students. The blog also produced the following video content.
Final Reflections and Thank You to Learners
In this video, released at the end of the final week, I am joined by Mentor Carly Stevenson to discuss highlights from the 2015 iteration of the course and the reception of the companion blog. The video was published alongside this corresponding blog post.
Your Recommended Further Reading
Dr Amber K. Regis and I discuss learners recommendations of examples of country house literature published in the 20th and 21st centuries. This video, released in the final week, was originally published alongside this corresponding blog post.
Servant Narratives and the Gothic Novel
Originally broadcast during the fifth week of the course, during which learners were reading Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho, I am joined by current PhD student Kathleen Hudson to discuss the role of servant narratives in the gothic novel. The video was originally published alongside this corresponding blog post.
Finding the Home of Mr Darcy
Originally broadcast during the fourth week of the course, during which learners were reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I am joined by current PhD student Lauren Nixon to discuss the competing myths of origin surrounding the Pemberley estate. The video was originally published alongside this corresponding blog post.
The Story of the Impossible Garden
From 2013-2014 I worked as a researcher on the ‘Furnace Park Garden Project’ at the University of Sheffield’s School of English. The Project, which investigated the role of the garden in long eighteenth-century print culture, also involved the growing of an eighteenth-century garden at Furnace Park, Sheffield. After the project finished the School of English and Arts Enterprise arranged for me to work with professional story-teller Tim Ralphs to find a way to summarize the project in a way that was exciting, accessible and engaging. This video is the finished product.
The Impossible Garden at Festival of the Mind
After working with Tim Ralphs to develop the story of the Furnace Park Garden Project, I was invited to deliver the story at a ‘Festival of the Mind’ event called ‘Tales from the Ivory Tower.’ This is a video of that live performance.
The Coffee House
This short film, based on research conducted for my PhD, was a collaboration with film-maker Gemma Thorpe. The film was generously funded by Arts Enterprise. Click here to read more.
FindAPhD Live: Sharing PhD Experiences
As promotion for their national PhD recruitment event, FindAPhD.com filmed a series of interviews with PhD students around the country. I was recommended by the University of Sheffield Student Recruitment team. The interview took place only a few days after I successfully passed my viva. I was asked not to overly prepare and was only presented with the questions on the day of filming.
The Literature of the English Country House (2014)
In the summer of 2014 I worked as a mentor on ‘Literature of the Country House’, the first Massive Open Online Course ever to be created at delivered by the University of Sheffield’s School of English. For this role, my fellow mentor Carly Stevenson and I created the following online content…
More Literature of the Country House
As the course drew to a close, Carly and I recommended some of our own favourite examples of Country House literature which were not featured on the course. Suggestions include, Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers.
Behind the Scenes: Radcliffe at 250
As part of the course, learners were encourage to read Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho. Remarkably, their reading of this novel coincided with ‘Radcliffe at 250’, an international conference hosted at the University of Sheffield to celebrate the author’s 250th Birthday. To capitalize on this fortuitous coincidence, Carly and I created the following video, taking learners behind the scenes to discover why it is that Gothic literature remains so popular today.
A Message from the Mentors
In the early weeks of the course Carly and I made this short video to introduce ourselves and promote the extra activities that would be taking place over the coming weeks.
We Are Feminists
In 2012-13 I participated in ‘We Are Feminists’, a School of English project in which researchers explained their own relationship with Feminism, both in their work and their personal lives.
In 2012 I entered a PechaKucha tournament, in which competitors were required to explain their PhD idea in six minutes, using 20 slides pre-set to progress every 20 seconds.