Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick

School of English, Irish, and Communication, UL

current Lecturer in medieval and early modern English, University of Limerick (2015-)

previously Research Associate, School of Humanities, University of Bristol (2014-2015)

Teaching Fellow, English Department, University of Bristol (2013-2014)

IRC Marie Curie CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow (2010-2013) School of English & Drama, Queen Mary University of London/School of English, University College Cork.

NUI Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009), School of English, University College Cork.

Full-Time Temporary Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (2006-2007), School of English, University College Cork.



Research Interests:
Medieval manuscripts & early printed books; genre theory; medieval & Renaissance drama; book history/textual materiality; text and hypertext; Romantic and Victorian medievalism; outlaw literature; bibliography and textual editing; history of science & medicine; Anthony Burgess.

Selected Publications:

Instructional Writing in English, 1350-1650: Materiality and Meaning. Routledge: Material Readings Series, 2019. 

The Middle English Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy: A Parallel-Text Edition. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter/Middle English Texts 47, 2013.

Spaces for Reading in Late Medieval England, ed. with Mary C. Flannery. London: Palgrave Macmillan/New Middle Ages, 2016.

Readings on Audience and Textual Materiality, eds. Graham Allen, Carrie Griffin and Mary O’Connell. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011 (

“Bookish Types: Some Post-Medieval Owners, Borrowers and Lenders of the Manuscripts of The Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy“, in Middle English Texts in Transition: A Festschrift Dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th Birthday, eds Simon Horobin and Linne R. Mooney (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer/York Medieval Press, 2014), pp. 220-240.

“Reconsidering the Recipe: Materiality, Narrative and Text in Later Medieval Instructional Manuscripts and Collections”. In Consumers, Consumables, and Consumption: Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, 1350–1550, eds E. Cayley and S. Powell. Exeter: Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe, 2013.

“‘Lynes of My Lore’: Judas and the Mark of Mars in the York Play of The Conspiracy“, The Mediaeval Journal 1.2 (2011): 23-42.

“Alliterative Verse and Lyrics”, The Year’s Work in English Studies. Oxford University Press, for The English Association, vol. 90 (2011): 223–232.

“The Forrester’s Manuscript: A Book on the Margins?”, in Stephen Knight (ed.), Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012, pp. 119-33.

“‘A Good Reder and a Deuoute’: Instruction, Reading and Devotion in The Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy”. Journal of the Early Book Society For Manuscripts and Printing History 10 (2007), 104-126.

Funded Projects:

-Irish Research Council New Foundations grant for the Charles Clark Digital Archive Project (, January – May 2013 (with M. O’Connell)

-Irish Research Council Fellowship for Learning and Information from Manuscript to Print: Attitudes, Materiality, and Organization, 1350–1650, for the Material Readings in Early Modern Culture Series, general eds James Daybell and Adam Smyth (Aldershot: Ashgate). Completion date: September 2014

– National University of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009, to edit the Wise Book.

Teaching (selected):

 Teaching on Lit. 1 (1200-1500); Lit 2 (1500-1700); Contemporary Writing 1945-present; Shakespeare; Poetry; Critical Issues (Theory) at University of Bristol.

Lecturer and Seminar Leader on ESH110, Literatures in Time, first year survey course, Queen Mary, University of London.

MA Medieval and Renaissance English, UCC; Palaeography and Manuscript Studies Section & classes on Women’s Writing and Folk Drama.

Medieval Romantic; third-year seminar course with Dr Mary O’Connell (see

The Hero in Early Literature: Text and Hypertext; second year seminar course with Dr Orla Murphy (see

Making Books, Shaping Readers Graduate Training Module on Book History and Textual Materiality, UCC, April 22nd – 24th 2008

Graduate Supervision:

– Have supervised six first class honours MA theses on medieval and Renaissance literature

-C0-supervisor of an IRCHSS-funded scholar working on Tudor drama and occular culture.

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