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I am a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) where I am fortunate to be researching two passions: creative writing and folklore. Working within SHU's Centre for Contemporary Legend, I am pursuing a practice-based PhD to interrogate how the novelist can (should?) use the calendar custom as a narrative device.


As well as writing a contemporary novel, I've established three case studies to inform the content and voice of the novel: the Castleton Garland Ceremony, the Saddleworth Rushcart, and the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival. I'm also interviewing writers and artists about representations of calendar customs in their own work.


Here's some of my work to date:

Articles and papers


Blog posts


Book reviews

  • Paulusma, P. (2022). Angela Carter and Folk Music: 'Invisible Music', Prose and the Art of Canorography. in Folk Music Journal, 12(4), 136-.

  • Hemley, R., and Xi, X. (2021) The Art and Craft of Asian Stories. London: Bloomsbury. in Writing in Education, NAWE, No. 85 Winter 2021, p. 60

  • Brankin, E., Gilbert, F. And Sharples, C., (2021) Inspire: Exciting Ways of Teaching Creative Writing. London: Gold Publishing. in Writing in Education, NAWE, No. 83 Spring 2021, p. 96

  • Steve Roud, ed. Worthing: Sussex Traditions, 2020. Locating Women in the Folk: Conference Proceedings, Sussex, 2018. in Folk Music Journal 12 (2), 130-131. 


  • Social Recall, Lauren Laverne's Breakfast Show, BBC 6 Music, 18 January, 2023 (radio, interviewee)

  • Set the Night on Fire, Unity House, December 2021, Sky Arts (television, talking head)

  • The Today Programme, BBC Radio Four, 9 August, 2021 (radio, interviewee)



  • '"Unite and unite, and let us all unite": the social role of the calendar custom in English communities', in Folklore, People and Place: international perspectives on tourism and tradition in storied places, Basingstoke: Routledge, 2023, pp. 55-66 


Conference presentations, talks and readings

  • '"The Wicker Man effect" and the everyday folklore of UK calendar customs' at Don't Keep The Wicker Man Waiting: a symposium about the film and folk horror at Lancaster University and The Dukes, 27 October 2023

  • Out of Human Sight at Leeds Book Social Saturday 17 June 2023

  • 'Writing a novel from the folklore of murder', The Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic, Saturday 22 April 2023

  • Out of Human Sight at Uppermill Library, Wednesday 5 April 2023

  • Out of Human Sight at Mossley Book Club Sunday 12 March 2023

  • Keep Writing Symposium: How to thrive after you graduate, Sheffield Hallam University, Wednesday 8 March 2023

  • Out of Human Sight at the Audenshaw and Droyslden Book Group, Wednesday 22 February 2023

  • Masterclass: Out of Human Sight, Sheffield Hallam University, 15 February 2023

  • 'Writing a novel from the folklore of murder', Tameside Libraries, 8 February 2023

  • '"Unite and unite, and let us all unite": the social role of the calendar custom in English communities', Earthly Matters conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 20 August 2021

  • '"Unite and unite, and let us all unite": English calendar customs and the reunion of our post-pandemic communities', Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Sheffield, 2 July 2021 

  • Masterclass: 'Writing the Seasons: the creative writing PhD', Sheffield Hallam University, 20 January 2021

  • 'Tameside Folklore', Tameside History Club and Tameside Local Studies and Archives, 20 January 2021

  • 'Celebrating Christmas with Calendar Customs', Sheffield Hallam University, 17 December 2020

  • 'Cheese-rolling, Pace-egging, Soul-caking: Can Calendar Customs Engender Stewardship of our Natural Environment?', Earthly Matters conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 7 August 2020 

  • 'Connected through Custom: Well Dressing in Jon McGregor's Novel, Reservoir 13', Enchanted Environments conference, University of Worcester, 6 March 2020

  • 'Writing fiction with folklore', Newer Researchers' Day conference, The Folklore Society, University of Hertfordshire, 29 May 2019


I am also a reviewer for NAWE and a peer reviewer for Gramarye, the journal of The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction.


If you have any suggestions, or would like to contact me about my research, please feel free to get in touch or tweet me.

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