How Acoustic Data are Represented

In a new article in Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI) I talk about how visual representations of acoustic data (pitch traces, waveforms,...

Greggs the baker’s portrayal of Jesus as a sausage roll echoes the Gospel of John – biblical studies expert

With more than 1,000 outlets across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, Greggs the baker is a national institution. It’s not uncommon...

Gothic Bible Halloween Conference

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve or the festival of Samhain, marks a liminal time of year where the boundaries between this world...

Why ‘Judeo-Christian values’ are a dog-whistle myth peddled by the far right

The phrase “Judeo-Christian” has been around since the 1930s but US President Donald Trump recently resurrected it in a deeply problematic speech on October...

Dialect and Accent in Children’s Literature

A few years ago, my young daughter was reading aloud a story about pirates. She was puzzled to encounter this sentence: “Argh! That pesky...

How Martin Luther Gave Us the Roots of the Protestant Work Ethic

The posting of 95 theses is not the only act for which Martin Luther is famed. In 1522, he began the work that would...

Subverting the culture of silence: The Depiction of gender violence in Zimbabwean fiction

My PhD research examines the representation of violence against women and girls in Zimbabwean Literature in English. I’m often asked what inspired me to...

Enable US Festival: Theatre From a Dying Civilisation Presents Two Short Plays by Howard Barker 1st November

The Enable US Festival returns the Drama Studio during the last weeks of October and November, showcasing eleven great shows, including a world premiere...

Event report: Black Tudors & the English Reformation

People often assume that Tudor England was entirely white – cut off from the rest of the globe. Recent scholarship has revealed that England...

Teaching Renaissance Literature and Race

  What does an early modern literary scholar have to say, what do early modern literary studies have to say, to Black History Month?...