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Hello and welcome! I'm an academic and journalist who loves to hear and tell stories about how we understand our place in the world. I'm interested in histories of selfhood, as read through people and narrative, travel and commerce, and silence and nature. Here you'll find some examples of my work, and can get in touch if you want to know more, or have a tale to tell...

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BBC Radio 3, 4 and TV

Here you'll find a selection of my appearances on Radio and TV, from the history of inside loo to the radical roots of vegetarianism...

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Academic work

Restoration and eighteenth-centuryist

My first academic project looked at prison cultures in the long eighteenth century, and the way that incarceration shaped ideas of selfhood. My new project will examine the role of birds and feathers in helping Britain to forge a global imaginary...

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Print journalism and plays

Here you'll find links to some of my print journalism and creative writing, including a play I wrote about a castrato ...

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Talks and appearances

Find out here about some of my talks and public appearances


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