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Reader in Victorian Studies, University of Hertfordshire

I've worked at the University of Hertfordshire since 2000. I have also worked for the Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre, as part of a team involved in different teaching and learning projects relating to the teaching of English. I am a Fellow of the English Association.

My research covers Victorian and Edwardian literature (c.1830-1914); First World War theatre and reading; crime fiction; the short story. I'm happy to receive inquiries about PhD supervision in any of these areas. I'm currently supervising students working on womens' historical novls, on vampire fiction, and on the life of John Polidori.

My current projects include an essay collection British Theatre and the Great War 1914-1919 (Palgrave, (2015), and a student guide to R.C. Sherriff's famous war play Journey's End (Methuen; 2016). I'm also pursuing research on Victorian child actors, particularly those who played Shakespearean roles.

Since 2011 I've been leading a performance-based project World War I Theatre which revives forgotten plays of the First World War, working with professional actors and directors, schools and local groups. Our latest production, Kate O'Brien's play about 1920s suburbia, Distinguished Villa, will be running in 2022.


  • –present
    Reader in Victorian Studies, University of Hertfordshire