Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
After taking my degrees in History at Christ Church, Oxford, I spent four years at King’s College London on the ERC project ‘Music in London, 1800–1851’. I am heartily committed to interdisciplinary research of all kinds, as well as the possibilities of practice as research. I am also a novelist.
My work centres on cultural and social life in Britain, and particularly London, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To date my focus has been on song and singing, especially in the street and the theatre. My first book looks primarily at the politics of song, and the second at the practice of ballad-singing more generally. I have also co-edited a volume on the world of Charles Dibdin the Elder. My current project concerns the lives and experiences of both human and animal dwellers and workers in the London street, c.1780–1870.
- Song and theatre history
- History from below
- British culture and society, 1700–1870
- Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792–1815
- Scandinavia in the long eighteenth century
- Napoleon and British Song, 1797–1822 (Palgrave, 2015)
- ‘The Travels of John Magee: Tracing the Geographies of Britain's Itinerant Print-Sellers, 1789–1815’, Cultural and Social History 11 (2014)
Forthcoming publications include:
- with David Kennerley and Ian Newman, eds, Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017)
- ‘True Courage: A Song in History’, in Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture
- ‘First as farce, then as tragedy: Waterloo in British Song’, Studies in Romanticism 56 (2017)
- with Jo Robinson and Emma Whipday, ‘Is He a Dramatist? Or, Something Singular! Staging Dickensian Drama as Practice-Led Research’, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film 44 (2017)
A second monograph The London Ballad-Singer, and five further book chapters, are currently in preparation.
Membership of professional associations or societies
- British Association for Romantic Studies
- British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Social History Society
Appearances in the Media
I have given lectures and concerts at a range of public institutions, from the British Museum and Charles Dickens Museum, to Hatchard’s, Piccadilly. I will be appearing on Radio 4 in late 2017. I write occasionally for the New Statesman.