Micha Ribeiro Arthur Cook

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Micha Cook first became interested in medieval literature through the staff-student medieval colloquiums in Gregynog, whilst studying towards a BA in English Literature and History at the University of Aberystwyth. She then did an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Bristol, during which she specialised in medieval French and worked on 15C chivalric/tournaments tracts. She is currently working at museums and archives in Bristol and London.


Victoria Cooper

Victoria Cooper

Victoria is currently a third-year PhD student in the department of English at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include the formation of identity in old Norse Icelandic romance and medievalist fantasy, particularly in the medium of videogames, and exploring how stories can be told and created through gameplay.




Elizabeth Dearnley

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Elizabeth Dearnley holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship within the Department of French at UCL, where she also teaches medieval literature and the history of fairy tales. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, and has recently finished a book based on this research, Middle English Translators’ Prologues.


Rachel Delman

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For my BA, I read English and History at Nottingham University, graduating in 2011. I then went to Cambridge University, where I completed an MPhil in Medieval History. After this, I took a year out and worked as a Library Assistant at Cambridge University Library, before starting my DPhil at University College, Oxford.



Emily Dolmans

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Emily undertook her B.A. (Hons) at McGill University before coming to Oxford in 2011 to pursue an MPhil in medieval literature. She is now in her first year of a DPhil, researching regional identities in the literatures of England in the High Middle Ages.



Claire Harrill

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I studied English Language and Literature Course II (medieval) at the University of Oxford as an undergraduate, graduating in 2009. From there I went to do an MA in Medieval Literatures at the University of York. I am now a first year PhD at the University of Birmingham.



Jess Henderson

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I am a Canadian PhD student, currently in my third year at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. I’m in Oxford for 8 months on an extended research trip, looking at all the manuscripts I can get my hands on.



Elaine Hillson

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Elaine Hillson is an AHRC-funded PhD student at Aberystwyth University. Her research examines the perceptions and uses of “fact” and “fiction” in medieval chronicle narratives and modern historical fiction novels. Before coming to Aberystwyth, she completed an MA in Medieval Studies at University College London. Her website is



Sarah Law

I am a landscape historian living in Oxford and part of the storytelling duo Beltaine. To date I have worked predominantly with traditional tales, but have recently begun exploring ways of incorporating archival material into site specific performances aimed at communicating historic landscapes to the visiting public.


Sjoerd Levelt

I studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies in Amsterdam, Berkeley and Oxford, completed my PhD at the Warburg Institute, and taught at the Universities of Exeter and Sussex. I am Associate Research Fellow on The Poly-Olbion Project ( I won the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012 for my book Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland: Continuity and Transformation in the Historical Tradition of Holland during the Early Sixteenth Century.


Helen Marshall

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Helen Marshall recently completed her PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto and is currently pursuing a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Her debut collection of short fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the 2013 Sydney J Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society.



Rosie Narayan

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Last year Rosie completed her MRes in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis examined the agency and status of thirteenth and fourteenth-century peasant women at the manor of Norton (Hertfordshire). Rosie will begin her PhD in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham this September.



Alex Paddock

Alex Paddock

Alexandra Paddock is reading for a DPhil in English at Oxford University. Her thesis is entitled “Where are the Wild Things? Literary Representations of Seen and Unseen Animals” – an inter-period thesis which, alongside other texts, examines the Exeter Book riddles, the Old English Physiologus and Patience


Nela Scholma-Mason

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I was born and raised in the Netherlands. After doing my undergraduate degree in Muenster, Germany, I decided to move to the UK. I continued with an MSt in Oxford and – currently – a PhD in York. I enjoy drawing cartoons, acting, and exploring old buildings and ruins.



Jo Shortt Butler

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Jo studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge for B.A. and MPhil, and she is currently doing her PhD there. Her interests lie in the effects of oral traditions on the corpus of saga material, especially the way in which Íslendingasögur tell their stories and characterise individuals.


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Simon Thomson

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I’m a second year PhD student at UCL playing with manuscript studies, history, and literary analysis. I’ve spent time as a teacher, an education manager at the Globe and IWM, and as an education consultant in Nigeria.  I’m on the board of a charity called Story Door, working on literacy with primary school children in Exeter.



Ashley Wakefield

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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Ashley currently resides in Aberystwyth, Wales where she is a second-year creative writing PhD candidate, working with contemporary translations of Anglo-Saxon poems. She got her start in storytelling by working as a faery at Renaissance-era themed festivals in the southern U.S.

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