Writing Portfolio

During my academic career I have written for a variety of audiences, from introductory lectures for undergraduates to a local history pamphlet to social media advertising for events. Want something written up? Get in touch.


Never one to rest, I have a few articles up my sleeve at the moment. I’m currently working on a book chapter on Victorian Working Class Writing (title and date TBC), and have a monograph proposal under review with an academic publisher. I’m also drafting an academic article on ‘Yorkshire Slavery!’ campaigner Richard Oastler and his activism between 1830-50.


‘Time, Space, Gender, and the Chartist Periodical’, Victorian Periodicals Review (Winter 2020).

‘Space: It’s Personal’ Beta (Winter 2020).

In my non-academic life I enjoy indoor bouldering, and was delighted to contribute an article to the ‘Bodies’ issue of Beta, a magazine about women in climbing. This article explores my own experiences of personal space, climbing as a woman, and negotiating feelings of safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Of, or for, Mary Wollstonecraft?’ History Workshop Online, November 2020.

Following the unveiling of Maggi Hambling’s recent sculpture ‘For Mary Wollstonecraft,’ I spoke with some excellent women historians to grapple with my own thoughts around Wollstonecraft, her legacy, and how she should, or could, have been memorialised.

Book Review: Bread Winner by Emma Griffin (Yale University Press, 2020) (Summer 2020)

Appearing in the Autumn 2020 issue of Women’s History Review, I thoroughly enjoyed Griffin’s exploration of the family economy through the mid-late Victorian period. Her use of ‘traditional’ historical statistics, such as census data, is cross-referenced with collections of memoirs of working-class men and women, carefully addressing different gendered expectations and behaviours across urban and rural communities.

‘Who was there?’ (Summer 2019)

‘Kennington Common 1848: Another Look’ is half of a pair of pamphlets published by the Friends of Kennington Common for their 2018 ‘Kennington Chartist Project’ research and celebrations. This pamphlet explores what happened at the mass Chartist meeting at Kennington in 1848, the last big push of the Chartist movement. My essay looks at identity politics and who the Chartists were. Published by Independent Publishing Network, 2019.

‘Identifying the Readers & Correspondents of the Northern Star, 1847-1848′ (Spring 2019)

Eds. Ian Cawood and Lisa Peters, Print, Politics, and the Provincial Press in Modern Britain, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 179-200.

I’m super pleased to be part of this collection, the first in the new series on printing history and culture, published by Peter Lang. In this collection my essay builds on a chapter of my doctoral thesis to explore how pseudonyms were used by anonymous correspondents to the Northern Star to create a public image, and how this informs our understanding of the makeup of the Chartist movement.

‘Morris & Co. X H&M’ (2018)

This blog post, written for the Victorianist, discusses the use of late-Victorian socialist William Morris’ (1834-1896) designs by fast fashion giant H&M. In this piece I compare Morris’ attitudes to labour, wages, and industry with H&M’s attitude to ethical fashion in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory fire and the climate crisis.

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