Previous Talks and Events


14 November 2015, ‘Bisclavret: The Werewolf’, Performance at The Walker Gallery with The LIverpool University Players (1pm and 2pm). Part of the Being Human Festival.

14 November 2015, ‘Being a Medieval Human: Natural and Supernatural Encounters’, Public Talk at The Walker Gallery 12pm. Part of the Being Human Festival.

24 June 2015, ‘”Ricardus Franciscus Scripsit”: Expanding the Oeuvre and Patronage of a Late Medieval Scribe’, Research Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin.

6 and 13 June 2015, ‘Castle Builders’, Yesterday UKTVTrailer.

6 June 2015, ‘Staging Agincourt and Anglo-French Relations in Shakespeare’s Henry V’, Agincourt 600th Anniversary Event, University of Liverpool.

15 May 2015, ‘Mermaids in their Element’, Merseyside Maritime Museum, 6-7pm. Part of the One Magnificent City event and Port of Call Lecture Series.

9 May 2015, ‘Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits’, Walker Gallery, 1pm and 2pm with The Liverpool University Players.

3-4 May 2015, ‘Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits’, Speke Hall, 1.30pm and 2.30pm with The Liverpool University Players.

26 April 2015, Medieval Storytelling at St George’s Festival with The Liverpool University Players.

25 April 2015, ‘‘This noble prynce, pierlesse of regyment: Henry V and Agincourt in Hardyng’s Chronicle’, Syon to Agincourt: 1415 and Beyond, University of Hull.

14, 21, 28 April 2015, Castle Builders, Documentary Series. Yesterday Channel, 9pm.

24 March 2015, ‘Expanding the Oeuvre and Patronage of Ricardus Franciscus’, Research Seminar for Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham.


30 November 2014, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight.

29 November 2014, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Speke Hall, Liverpool.

31 October 2014, BBC Radio Merseyside, Tony Snell in the Morning Show. Interview about Historical Halloween.

25 October 2014, BBC Radio Kent, The James Whale Show. Interview about Agincourt.

4 October 2014, Shakespeare Stripped: Three Minute Hamlet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 2pm.

29 August 2014, ‘The Real Game of Thrones: Power in 15th-Century England’, BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking.

27 July 2014, 6.15pm, BBC Radio 3, Words and Music. Programme on Mermaids.

7-10 July 2014, Talk at 7th International Medieval Chronicle Conference, Liverpool.

2 May 2014, 7pm, Liverpool University Players perform Youth, a Tudor Interlude at Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, Lancashire.

31 March 2014, BBC Arts Film on John Hardyng, Henry V’s Spy, and Scottish Independence.

26-28 March 2014, Liverpool University Players and Liverpool Drama Society perform Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, University of Liverpool.


12 December 2013, 10.00 pm, BBC Radio 3, Nightwaves, ‘Medieval Christmas‘.

29 October 2013, 10.45, BBC Radio 3, The Essay, ‘Power in the Fifteenth Century’.

27 October 2013, Speed Dating with Ideas, Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

26 October 2013, Speed Dating with Ideas, Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

26 October 2013, The Real Game of Thrones: Power in 15th Century England. Broadcast Talk at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

19 October 2013, 7.18 am, BBC One, Breakfast, Live interview about St George and Englishness.

29 September 2013, 5.30 pm, BBC Radio 3, Words and Music. Programme on Mermaids.

12-17 August, Goblin Market, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Space at Surgeons’ Hall, 4.20pm. TrailerSoundtrackWebsite.

30 July 2013, Preview of Goblin MarketThe Kazimier, Liverpool. TrailerSoundtrackWebsite.

4 July 2013, ‘A Newly Discovered Manuscript by Ricardus Franciscus’, International Medieval Congress 2013, University of Leeds (Session 1633 ‘The Pleasure of Discovery: Recent Research and New Perspectives on British Library Manuscripts’ sponsored by The British Library).

2 July 2013, ‘Books Have Their Histories: Medieval Chronicles and Their Scribes, Manuscripts and Early Editions’, International Medieval Congress 2013, University of Leeds (Session 627).

24 June 2013, BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves. 10pm Essay on The Appeal of King Arthur.

15 June 2013, ‘Medieval Storytelling’ (interactive session for families) for ‘Medieval Day at Lancashire Archive, Preston. Poster.

14 June 2013. BBC Radio Lancashire. Interview about Medieval Lancashire.

14 May 2013, ‘The Use and Abuse of Genealogy in the Middle Ages’, Spring Talks, Lancashire Record Office, Preston.

4 May 2013, Directed performances of The Chester Noah Play at The Merseyside Maritime Museum. Poster and Programme. Featured on BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC North West Tonight and Bay TV.


8-12 December 2012, Directed performances of The Second Shepherds’ Play at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, Ormskirk, and The University of Liverpool. Featured on BBC Radio Merseyside.

4 December 2012, Interview about The Second Shepherds’ PlayThe Sean Styles Show, BBC Radio Merseyside.

7 September 2012, Interview about Medieval Drama. Preston Arts Scene, Preston FM.

4 September 2012, ‘Medieval Guilds and their Passion Plays’, Preston Arts Festival.

5 July 2012, ‘Howe this ile of Albyon had name’: John Hardyng’s Albina and the Wars of the Roses, Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (University of Oxford).


23 July 2008, ‘‘Visualising Royal Authority: John Hardyng’s use of Lydgate’s ‘King Henry VI’s Triumphal Entry into London 21 February 1432’, The Fifth International Medieval Chronicle Conference (University of Belfast).

3 June 2008, ‘From Mise-en-Page to Mess-on-Page: Editing John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, Theories and Practices of Editing: A Symposium (University of Liverpool).


25 June 2007, ‘Welcome’ and ‘Round Table’, Individual and Group Identity in the Middle Ages Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

24 March 2007, ‘‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t’: Editing the Manuscripts of Hardyng’s Chronicle’, AHRC Manuscripts and Printed Books Colloquium (University of Bangor).


15 April 2006, ‘Political Consciousness and the Literary Mind in Late Medieval England: Hardyng, Vale, Malory and Mankind’. Guest Lecture at Keio University, Tokyo.


20 July 2005, ‘‘Of me þat am þis tyme an aged wight’: A Re-Evaluation of the Life and Social Milieu of John Hardyng’, Recording Lives in England in the Later Middle Ages: Twenty Second Harlaxton Symposium (Harlaxton).

15 July 2005, ‘Men “broughte up of noughte”: The Inversion of Social Hierarchy in John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, The Fourth International Medieval Chronicle Conference (University of Reading).


20 November 2004, ‘‘A Good Exampell to Avoide Diane’: Reader Responses to John Hardyng’s Chronicle in the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries’, The 2nd Nowton Court Colloquium on the History of the Book and Digitisation (Cambridge).


5 September 2003, ‘‘Wifes and Maidens, Widowes and Nonnes’: Feminizing History in Hardyng’s Chronicle’, The Fifteenth Century Conference (Keele University), part of conference recorded for Channel 4’s Britain’s True Monarch (with Tony Robinson).


8 November 2002, ‘Howe Ye Shal Rule Youre Subgetts While Ye Leue: King and Author in John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, IHR Late Medieval Seminar. The Institute of Historical Research (London).

14 July 2002, ‘Dynasty and Division: The Depiction of King and Kingdom in John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, The Third International Medieval Chronicle Conference (Utrecht).

2 May 2002, ‘Mapping the Authorial Voice: The Authentication of King and Author in John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo.

15 April 2002, ‘Autobiography in Medieval England’, University of Hull.


11 July 2000, ‘The Fifteenth-Century Verse Chronicle of John Hardyng: Sources, Translation and Adaptation’, International Medieval Congress 2000 (University of Leeds).

19 May 2000, ‘On his Majesty’s Secret Service: The Life, Travels and Chronicle of John Hardyng’, Ethnic and Regional Identities in the Middle Ages International Conference (University of Hull).


11 May 1998, ‘Manuscripts, Scribes, and Patrons’, University of Hull.baner