I joined BCMCR as a Mid-Career Research Fellow in October 2016. Over the current academic year, my primary objective is to complete a number of research council funding bids and to make a positive contribution to the History, Heritage and Archives research cluster. I’m incredibly happy to be working in such a friendly and supportive environment and I’m hopeful about the opportunities for collaboration ahead.
By way of introduction, I offer a few words on my prior experience, public engagement activities, my overall research area and the writing and editing projects I am planning to deliver this year. If you want to know more or talk about areas of mutual interest, please get in touch!
I came to BCU after five years as Research Fellow in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, working with John Wyver on the AHRC-funded research project ‘Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television’ and its impact. Prior to that, I held postdoctoral positions in the Classics departments at Northwestern University, Illinois (2009-10) and the University of Oxford (2001-09). Alongside, I’ve served a few years as part-time Associate Lecturer for the Open University, teaching distance-learning students about the ancient world. The Open University was also where I studied part-time for my doctorate, writing a thesis on the topic of Greek drama and Homeric poetry on BBC Radio in the 1940s and 1950s.
I am Associate Editor of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media and I serve on the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee alongside BCU colleagues Paul Long and Tim Wall. One thing about my work that I particularly enjoy is working with the British Library and BFI Southbank on curating listening events and screenings for public audiences which involve bringing to life some of the audiovisual and archive materials at the very centre of my research. On the right is the poster for my 2012 season of British television adaptations of Greek tragedy, which has in subsequent years seen three revivals at other locations across the country (including one at the University of Reading in early 2017).
My research considers some contextual histories of radio and television in Britain from the 1920s to the 1970s, with a primary focus on imaginative programming which adapts and creates dramatic and literary forms (especially, but by no means exclusively, those from ancient Greece). It centres around issues of adaptation, intermediality, audiences and education, and explores questions about the roles of mass media in the cultural and educational lives of individuals. On the production side, I have a strong side-interest in writers and producers involved in broadcasting and I’ve written on Patric Dickinson, Val Gielgud, Robert Graves, Gabriel Josipovici, Joan Kemp-Welch, Louis MacNeice, Dylan Thomas, Edward Sackville-West, amongst others.
In 2017 I hope to finish my third monograph, Greece on Screen: Greek Plays on British Television (a companion volume to Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-1960s, OUP, 2015 — see the cover image on the left), as well as a essays on various topics including literary education on interwar radio, the relationship between the BBC and the educational broadcasting councils (1928-47), oral poetry and the aural imagination, the Open University and BBC2, the intermedial afterlives of literary radio features, Arthur Miller’s plays adapted for British television and Greek tragedy in schools television curricula of the 1960s.
I am also co-editing three collections of essays which will go to press this year: Theatre Plays on British Television, with John Wyver (Manchester, 2017); Ancient Greece on British Television, with Fiona Hobden (Edinburgh, 2017); and Radio Modernisms: Features, Cultures and the BBC, with Aasiya Lodhi (a special issue of Media History, 2018).
For a full list of publications, upcoming talks, and so on, please see my personal website.