What a rollercoaster! This time last week I was in a hotel room in Bristol (booked in advance by my thoughtful partner) frantically going over my thesis and the notes I had prepared for my viva, which was scheduled for 10am the following morning. I had told only a few people that my viva was… Continue reading I Did It! I Passed My PhD Viva!
Hello readers, I’m back. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and just… stopped. Mea culpa. It has been quite a year. Mostly in really good ways. Also in some terrible ones. Let me briefly explain. I’ve just been looking back at some of the things I said in my post ‘2016: The Year of… Continue reading Why I Haven’t Written a Blog Post in Over a Year, and Why I’m Back
A one-day symposium, ‘Witchcraft, Magic, and the Supernatural in the Ancient World’, was held at the University of Bristol on Friday 4th December 2015. The event was organised by Dr Louise Wilson (Bristol), from The Figure of the Witch Project with Professor Ronald Hutton, and featured the speakers Professor Daniel Ogden (Exeter), Professor Andrew Gregory… Continue reading Witchcraft, Magic, and the Supernatural in the Ancient World
‘But all this year’s been a busy blur; don’t think I have the energy…’ The festive tune ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses struck a real chord with me this December. As the year drew to a close, I found myself tired, stressed, and with my energy reserves completely drained. 2015 was a perfect storm… Continue reading 2016: The Year of Balance
‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ – Edmund Burke. So here I am, doing something. I don’t tend to get political on this blog, but perhaps it’s time to do just that. I disagree with the whole notion of war. I wonder how, as a species, we… Continue reading An open letter to John Glen, MP (#DontBombSyria)
Today I have the pleasure to present a guest post on six of Cambridge’s medieval colleges, written especially for this blog by my very good friend Jonathan Goddard. Jonathan is a fellow Bangor alumnus, an almost Cambridge native (he moved there from Cornwall aged 3 and a half!), and travel writer – you can find him… Continue reading Guest post: Medieval Colleges of the University of Cambridge
On Friday I had a meeting on the Strand for The Academic Book of the Future Project. I decided to take the number 15 bus from my native East London, not just for reasons of practicality (it would essentially deliver me door-to-door for a modest sum, plus the weather was good for once, making the Tube… Continue reading Terrain and Topography: The Middle Ages as Home