About

I am a PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University in West Yorkshire, UK.

I am interested in all aspects of 18th- and 19th-century social and cultural history, although my research has led me into a few areas of focus, in particular the history of crime, criminal biography. My PhD thesis, however, examines 18th- and 19th-century literary representations of Robin Hood.

I have had the privilege of presenting my research at many conferences, including:

  • The British Association for Romantic Studies International Conference
  • Communities of Communication
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • The International Association for Robin Hood Studies Conference
  • Cambridge University Postgraduate Conference

I have also spoken about my research a number of times on both national and international radio stations, such as Radio New Zealand

I have also recently had the pleasure of making a discovery which most scholars can only dream of; having “discovered” a forgotten 18th-century Robin Hood text.

This “discovery” has been featured in several newspapers worldwide.

From time to time I also, as you can see, discuss 18th-century thieves, all of which posts can be found on the Rogue’s Gallery tab.

Research-based Newspaper Articles:

‘Studying 18th-Century Criminals makes me look at my own prejudices’ The Guardian 14 March 2016.

Newspaper Articles about my Research:

The Text that I "Discovered": Little John's Answer (1727)
The Text that I “Discovered”: Little John’s Answer (1727)

Anon. ‘Ricerca smaschera Robin Hood: ma quale eroe, era un corrotto’ L’Unione Sarda 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.unionesarda.it/articolo/cronaca/2015/08/09/ricerca_smaschera_robin_hood_ma_quale_eroe_era_un_corrotto-68-429416.html Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood ‘Sequel’ Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ Belfast Telegraph 9 August 2015 [Internet http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breakingnews/offbeat/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure-31437869.html Accessed 09/08/2015].

Anon. ‘Could Renegade Robin Hood Have Turned Corrupt?’ Yorkshire Evening Post 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/could-renegade-robin-have-turned-corrupt-1-7400662 Accessed 09/08/2015].

Anon. ‘Could Renegade Robin Hood Have Turned Corrupt?’ Yorkshire Post 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/could-renegade-robin-have-turned-corrupt-1-7400662 Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood Sequel Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ Jersey Evening Post [Internet http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2015/08/09/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure/ Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood Sequel Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ BT News 9 August 2015 [Internet https://home.bt.com/news/odd-news/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure-11363997024682 Accessed 09/08/2015].

Dave Burke, ‘Robin Hood May Not Always Have Been the Hero We Thought He Was’ Metro 9 August 2015 [Internet http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/09/robin-hood-may-not-have-been-the-hero-we-always-thought-he-was-5334073/ Accessed 09 August 2015].

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