Media and Public Engagement

I am committed to public engagement and welcome requests for media interviews or collaborative work. I was a BBC New Generation Thinker 2014 and a journalist in my former life. Below you can see selected examples of broadcasting and public engagement work I have previously done which was based on or related to my research.

  • June 2017: Panellist on special edition of BBC Radio 3 Freethinking recorded at Sussex marking the 150th anniversary of Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy.
  • May-July: Curating AHRC-funded exhibition, ‘Stories on the Wing: British Birds in Literature’ at the Booth Museum of Natural History (Brighton), with a series of on-sight public talks.
  • May 2017: Guest speaker on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, discussing ‘Stories on the Wing’ exhibition, www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08r301k. Also published web site article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1T9Srfw07gxlN8VnDVSmt7p/feathered-friends-or-foes-eight-birds-rich-in-myth-and-folklore.
  • May 2017: Public talk at the William Morris Gallery (London) on William Morris and Machines in collaboration with artist Clare Mitten’s ‘Plantworks’ exhibition.
  • December 2016: Guest speaker on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, discussing ‘Making Nature’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084df9f
  • November 2016: Interviewee on BBC TV South East Today, discussing Arthur Conan Doyle as part of a story on the #LoveToRead initiative.
  • August 2016: Presented Radio 3 Proms Extra programme, ‘H. G. Wells’, http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/exhmbp.
  • May 2016: Guest speaker on The Verb, discussing dialect in literature. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079mcgh
  • February 2016: Guest speaker on Freethinking, discussing exhibition ‘The Indivisible Present at Modern Art Oxford. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zq2jg
  • September 2015: Brave New World and Bio-Ethics, public talk, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton.
  • BBC New Generation Thinker, 2014-15. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/new-gen-thinkers-2014.
  • November 2015: Produced Radio 3 documentary Who’s Afraid of Anthropomorphism? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nwkl7.
  • August 2015: Presented Radio 3 Proms Extra programme, ‘The Lumiere Brothers in 1895’, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b066zjm5.
  • April 2015: Guest speaker on The Verb, discussing history of the exclamation mark in literature, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qyytg.
  • April 2015: Guest speaker on Freethinking, discussing Thomas Hardy and Lewes Carroll. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s3rrm.
  • March 2015: Made 5-minute BBC online television piece, Inside Animal Minds about the history of animal psychology, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mw8vf
  • January 2015: Guest speaker on Radio 3 programme The Verb, discussing the history of the ellipsis in literature. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0506ph9.
  • January 2015: Guest speaker at Modern Art Oxford for public symposium on Love is Enough exhibition on the work of William Morris and Andy Warhol.
  • December 2014: Guest speaker on Radio 3 programme Freethinking, discussing the history of submarine films. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04tcc1q.
  • December 2014: Guest speaker on Radio 3 programme The Verb, discussing the history of the dash. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sv9sg.
  • November 2014: Designed and ran interactive public event ‘How Smart is your Dog? Animal Intelligence and Amateur Observation in Victorian Psychology’ at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science as part of the nationwide Festival of the Humanities.
  • November 2014: Wrote and presented 15-minute essay, Speech before Words: Imagining the Evolution of Language for BBC Radio 3. Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nqtc6.
  • November 2014: Speaker in research ‘speed-dating’ event with the public, hosted by poet Ian Macmillan, at BBC Freethinking Festival, Gateshead.
  • June 2014: Wrote and presented five-minute ‘column’ on BBC Radio 3 programme Freethinking. Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021lxtw.
  • May-June 2014: Curated ‘Presenting… The Science of Disguise’ exhibition at the Oxford Natural History Museum, with a public lecture at the museum on the objects displayed.
  • May 2014: Interview, BBC Radio Oxford, Malcolm Boyden show, on Oxford Natural History Museum ‘Disguise’ exhibition.
  • September 2012: public lecture, ‘Speaking like a Native: Dialect and Identity in the Work of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy’, Dorset County Museum (in collaboration with the University of Exeter and the National Trust).
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