Sarah is a medievalist, cultural historian, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.
She is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches and researches medieval literature and history. Her current research focuses on mermaids in global cultures, on literature produced during The Wars of the Roses, and on medieval manuscripts and early books.
As an expert on the Middle Ages and mythical creatures, Sarah regularly contributes to television documentaries, broadcasts on national and international radio, writes for the press, and gives public talks at festivals and heritage events. In 2014 she received an award for her civic contribution to public life and learning the North West, most notably in relation to her work with ‘The Liverpool Players’, a theatre group specialising in making Early English drama and literature accessible to the public, especially young children. Sarah is a member of the Liverpool University Press Editorial Advisory Board, Advisory Editor to The Literary Encyclopedia, and Vice-President of The Medieval Chronicle Society.
In her spare time she enjoys composing music and playing the harp and hammered dulcimer. Her composition, ‘Transitions’, featured on BBC Radio 3’s Words and Music.