3rd September 1939

Yesterday was the anniversary of France, the UK, Australia and New Zealand declaring war on Germany and the beginning of World War Two. I’ve been looking back at what British people were getting up to during this period, and in particular what and how much they were reading. Seeing what people were reading and how people thought about reading and books at different points in … Continue reading 3rd September 1939

Hosting the Refugee

I’m currently working on an article on gender and hospitality as part of my larger project on how British writers helped refugee writers from Europe during World War Two. In the course of this work, I am starting to explore the relationships between writers such as Rebecca West, H.G. Wells, J.B. Priestley and Margaret Storm Jameson and writers and translators living in exile in the … Continue reading Hosting the Refugee

New Generation Thinkers 2016

I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been selected as one of this year’s BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers The scheme was set up by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find promising young academics to make radio programmes about their research. Competition is very intense and I was really surprised to be chosen – as part of the top ten pc … Continue reading New Generation Thinkers 2016