I am interested in all aspects of medieval literature, but my research focuses on Middle English and Older Scots literature and book history. I am in the process of producing the first full edition of the poetry of John Stewart of Baldynneis, whose work includes the first vernacular translation of 'Orlando Furioso' in a single manuscript witness dedicated to King James VI', for the Scottish Text Society. In addition to my Older Scots interests, I have published a number of articles on Arthurian literature. I am also interested in the way we can use literary, cartographical, and contemporary historical texts, as well as family papers and library records, to examine relationships between familial, regional, and national loyalties, focussing specifically on works and families associated with (real or imagined) border territories.
My recent research has focused on the ways in which information contained in non-traditional sources (i.e. medieval archival material) can aid our understanding of modern approaches to animal conservation and extinction. Along with Professor Samuel Turvey (ZSL) I have published on the relationship between folklore and mammal extinction, and am currently working on references to animal control in Older Scots material.
I would welcome enquiries from postgraduates interested in any aspect of Older Scots or Middle English literary culture, particularly Arthurian literature, ideas of place, and belonging in medieval text, and depictions of animals (real and imaginary), animal control and regulation, human-wildlife interactions in the medieval period.