My first PhD, supervised by Professor Terry Eagleton, was in English and focused on a reappraisal of the  sublime within the context of the sacred (University of Manchester, 2007). 

This led to a series of academic articles such as 'Coleridge's Translucence: A Failed Transcendence?' (Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net) and 'A Timeless Sublime? Reading the Feminine Sublime in the Discourse of the Sacred' (Angelaki).

Recent critical articles have centred on ekphrasis, Seamus Heaney's bog poems, and the idea of the feminine sublime (Brief Encounters ( 

I have also presented a series of lectures on the edgelands and liminal landscapes: 


Recent activity includes a course on pareidolia at the Poetry School( and a talk and creative writing workshop at the Imagine Festival, Belfast, 'Why is Elvis in your toast?' (