About

About

I am an Associate Professor in English Literature and Head of the English Department at Liverpool Hope University. I studied at St Andrews University (first-class MA, with the Class Medal, the Rutherford Prize and the Wyatt-Fenty Prize) and then at The Queen’s College, Oxford University (M.Phil and D.Phil, both funded by the AHRC).
I have held lectureships at Oxford (St Edmund Hall and Merton), Swansea, Brighton and London (Queen Mary) as well as a teaching fellowship at St Andrews.  I was a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellow at NUI Galway during 2015-16, and an Ernest Walder Memorial Scholar at Gladstone’s Library during 2017.  I gave the British Academy’s Chatterton Lecture on Poetry in November 2018.
Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, was published by Yale University Press in October 2018 (£18.99 in hardback).
I am a General Editor, with Lucy Newlyn, of the six-volume Oxford University Press edition of Edward Thomas’s prose, and I have edited the first two volumes: Autobiographies was published in March 2011, and then England and Wales (co-edited with Lucy Newlyn) was published in November that year.  With Lucy Newlyn, I am now editing the sixth volume, Pilgrimages.
I have written a number of articles and chapters on Edward Thomas, most recently a chapter on Edward Thomas for A Cambridge History of World War One Poetry.  I have also co-edited, with Lucy Newlyn, a successful anthology called Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry (Enitharmon, 2007).
I would be interested in supervising postgraduates working on Victorian and modern poetry, life-writing, literary landscapes, the First World War, Edwardian Britain, Edward Thomas, the Arts and Crafts Movement, or related topics.
External Examining: Edge Hill University; Royal Holloway, University of London (PhD); University of Exeter (PhD); University of Durham (PhD).