I’m a literary historian specialising in the cultural representations of the reproductive body in the early modern period (and the seventeenth century mainly), and a novelist. My debut novel, The Gossips’ Choice was published in spring 2020, and its sequel will be published in spring 2022.
I also publish popular histories mainly connected with early modern England. Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives, 1540-1740 came out in 2015, with Maladies and Medicines: Exploring Health and Healing in Early Modern England following in 2017. I have published articles for Discover Your Ancestors, History Today, Staffordshire Life, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Your Family History and others both in the UK and overseas.
I’m a lecturer in English at Loughborough University, in the Midlands. You can read abut my academic research here. At Loughborough, I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you have an idea for a PhD topic in a field related to mine, do get in touch!
I am also serve on the committee of the Women’s Studies Group, 1558-1837, where I collate and distribute the monthly newsletter to members.