Review of Kate Loveman, Samuel Pepys & His Books: Reading, Newsgathering & Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015). … More Samuel Pepys and His Books
I recently described myself as a ‘former academic’, which brought to mind the last lecture I gave – and its crazy comparisons. … More A former academic favours Aladdin
I’ve never been a ‘lad’ in the sense of predatory and loutish behaviour, but the annual scrutiny of ‘lad culture’ has made me concerned about my sense of humour and how potentially offensive it is. … More No offence! Please forgive my humour.
2014 had all the ingredients to be the best year I’ve ever had. That it turned out to be one of the worst is quite remarkable. … More Finite Fortunes: An Epilogue, 2014
The acknowledgements to my doctoral dissertation, submitted 26th September 2013, as they read. … More “Born more than for myself”: Acknowledgements
This post embraces loneliness by celebrating togetherness. The conduit is that indefinable, elusive, and enigmatic craft of poetry. … More Poetry and Appearing on KUSP, Santa Cruz
On 21st February, I led a class on Shakespeare for Leicester University’s International Office to a number of international visitors. The class was built around a potent combination that I have discussed before – Shakespeare in Love and the 2009 Hamlet – which gave me an opportunity to reignite my flame for film, play and performance. … More Teaching Shakespeare at Leicester, and Private Observations
This week marked the start of university number five: Leicester. … More The Fifth Element: Leicester