Academia · Early Career Researcher · Personal · PhD

I Did It! I Passed My PhD Viva!

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!

Early Career Researcher · Personal · PhD

Why I Haven’t Written a Blog Post in Over a Year, and Why I’m Back

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

King Arthur · PhD · The Arthurian Legend · The Arthurian Tradition

Interview: Arthurian Literature and Legend, Postgraduate Studies, Career Advice

When Georgie Norgate, one of my lovely undergraduate students, approached me to ask if she could interview me for a new student radio show she was starting up, I was flattered.  Actually I experienced a whole range of involuntary reactions in quick succession, from horror (I HATE my voice); to curiosity (what’s it like being on the… Continue reading Interview: Arthurian Literature and Legend, Postgraduate Studies, Career Advice

King Arthur · Lincoln Thornton manuscript · PhD

Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that 2013 is treating you all well so far, and if not, that you manage to whip it into submission soon. As it’s a new year I’ve decided to do something different. Despite appearances I haven’t time-travelled ahead by four years – I’m not writing this… Continue reading Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…