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  • 27
    Sep

    2021

    Lockdown Metaphors

    In 2020, I was struggling to negotiate my academic work (teaching remotely online and finishing the production process for a new book) while homeschooling three children and mourning the loss of a dear...

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  • 21
    Sep

    2021

    The Secret of Poetry

    When Geoffrey Hill began his fourth lecture as Oxford Professor of Poetry in 2011, the audience members clearly expected a mischievous performance. In his first lecture, Hill had promised a future evaluation...

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  • 16
    Sep

    2021

    Making Dinosaur a Household Word

    Nowadays it’s regularly remarked that people think all prehistoric animals are dinosaurs. The flying Pteranodon? Dinosaur. The aquatic Ichthyosaurus? Dinosaur. Mammuthus primigenius – or rather the...

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  • 8
    Sep

    2021

    Gothic in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

    The blurb for our book makes the bold claim that this is the first history of Gothic in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This may seem surprising – the study of Gothic literature and film is...

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  • 23
    Aug

    2021

    Thinking Inside the Box

    When my siblings and I were very young, our mother created a ‘Get Better Box’. This small cardboard box housed a collection of tiny toys and unusual household objects, and was brought out whenever...

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  • 16
    Aug

    2021

    Making Unseen Theatre

    Earlier this year, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, Directors of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre at the time, invited me to curate a series of audio plays. Like theatres everywhere in the past year, the Abbey...

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  • 30
    Jul

    2021

    Pulling it all together: Elizabeth Bishop in...

    In May 1975 Elizabeth Bishop replied to a letter from a complete stranger called Miss Pierson asking her a series of questions about how both to write and understand poetry. Bishop kept up a lifelong...

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  • 27
    Jul

    2021

    Scottish Women’s Writing in the Long...

    When people learn that I’ve been working on a book on nineteenth-century Scottish women writers, they frequently ask ‘were there any’? This is an understandable question. In fact, it’s the question...

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