I have a BA in English from Queens University, Belfast and an MA in Research, ‘Editing Lives and Letters 1500-1800’ from Queen Mary, University of London. I also have an MA in Creative Writing, Distinction, from Royal Holloway. My AHRC funded PhD, undertaken at Queen Mary under Professor Lisa Jardine, was on Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (c.1623-1673).
My writing includes fiction, journalism and drama. I have written two children’s plays for Galloglass Theatre Company, Ireland; both toured in Ireland, Britain and France.
My research interests are varied, including both early modern literature and historical and modern fiction that tackle political and post-colonial themes.
I am currently working on a contemporary novel set in London, which also delves into Britain’s colonial past in Kenya. 'Charity' was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2020.
I am also working on a series of historical novels set in the Seventeenth Century.
I joined the OU as an Associate Lecturer in 2009 and have taught on various modules including A334 Shakespeare to Austen, A230 Reading and Studying Literature, AA306 Shakespeare, and AA100 The Arts Past and Present. I have also taught on several early modern and eighteenth-century literature undergraduate and MA courses at Queen Mary, University of London.
Charity, Lightning Books, publication April 2021 http://eye-books.com/books/charity
The Master of Measham Hall (under the name Anna Abney), Duckworth, publication July 2021
Peer-reviewed publications include:
(2016) ‘The Double Edged Sword: William Cavendish’s Political Career 1644-1660’ in Authority, Authorship and Aristocratic Identity in Seventeenth Century England, ed. By Peter Edwards and Elspeth Graham, Leiden and Boston, Brill, pp. 237-256.
(2010) ‘True Relations: piecing together a family divided by war’, Lives & Letters: a journal for early modern archival research ,vol. 2, No.1.
(2005), ‘‘Theatre and the Impossible’. An Interview with Colin Teevan’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 15. 246-251.
Editor: Early Modern Dress and Textiles Research Network website http://www.earlymoderndressandtextiles.ac.uk/
Conference Papers Presented:
‘Chattering like Cranes and mourning like Doves’: the use of biblical references in female petitions from 1641-1652’, King James Bible Conference, York 2011.
‘The Exiled Cavalier’, Early Modern Exclusions conference, Portsmouth University 2010.
‘Lying Low: Why the Cavendishes chose to live in Antwerp during their exile’, The International Margaret Cavendish Society Conference, Sheffield 2007
‘‘I will build his monument of truth’: What the archives reveal in relation to Margaret Cavendish’s biographical writing’, ‘‘Tomb or Treasure?’ New Archival Explorations’, Queen Mary 2007.