Conferences & Talks

Forthcoming Conference Papers

Presenting at the ‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness’ Symposium – University of Stirling – January 2016

Corsets, Airships and…Vampires? Hybrid Monstrosity in Steampunk/Gothic Texts, Gothic Hybridities: The International Gothic Association Conference 2018 – Manchester – August 2018

Previous Conference Papers


Narrative and the Fractured Self in Gregory Maguire’s Lost, (Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self – University of Hull – September 2016

‘“Who frowned me this face?”: Dopplegangers in and out of time in Doctor Who’, Temporal Discombobulations – University of Surrey – August 2016

“I know all the stories … but I still want to hear the world tell them the way only it can tell them”: Reimagining Russian folklore in Deathless and Egg and Spoon”, Global Fantastika – University of Lancaster – July 2016

‘Will the real monster please stand up?: Fear in the age of the sparkly vampire’, Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities – University of Sheffield – May 2016

‘Wicked Girls: Oz as Asylum/Asylum as Oz’ as part of panel proposal Madness, Identity, and Horror in the Asylum – ‘Wicked Girls: Oz as Asylum/Asylum as Oz’, Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries – University of Stirling – January 2016

‘Little Monsters: Hybrid offspring in steampunk and contemporary gothic texts’
‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans – University of Hertfordshire – September 2015

‘There’s no Place like Oz: Oz Reimagined On Screen and Off’
Locating Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference – University of Lancaster – July 2015

Transitioning Bodies and Changeling Children in Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Out of Oz
Being Non/Human: Bodily Borders Conference – Queen Mary, University of London – June 2015

‘Through the Looking Glass: Adaptation as Mirror in Contemporary Fairy Tales’
Wonderlands Conference – University of Chichester – May 2015

‘New Wine in Old Bottles: Creating New Myth from Old in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years’
The Wizard of Oz and the Cultural Imagination – University of Brighton – November 2014

“Memory, Narrative and Constructions of the Self: Locating the Gothic in Gregory Maguire’s Lost
Locating the Gothic Conference And Festival – Limerick – October 2014

‘“Now what are we going to do about Dorothy?”: The Judgement of Dorothy in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years Series’
Returning to Oz: The Afterlife of Dorothy Hic Dragones – Manchester – February 2013

‘“No One Mourns the Wicked”: On the Nature of Evil and Monstrosity in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years Series’
10th Global Monsters and the Monstrous Conference: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil – Mansfield College, Oxford – September 2012

‘“No One Mourns the Wicked”: Representing Witches in the Contemporary fiction of Gregory Maguire’
Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images – Lancaster University – August 2012

‘New Wine in Old Bottles: Intertextuality and Creating New Myth in the Fantasy Fiction of Gregory Maguire’
Folklore & Fantasy Conference – University of Chichester – April 2012

‘Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know: Thirst, Lust & Abstinence in the Suburban England of Matt Haig’s The Radleys
Vegetarians, VILFs and Fang Bangers – De Monfort University – November 2010

‘Wicked and Conflict: Adapting Existing Narratives’
Creative Conflicts – University of Dundee – November 2010

‘“You are the most dangerous creature I’ve ever met!”: Reading Female Sexuality as Monstrous in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight
Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture – University of Hertfordshire – April 2010

‘Paradise Lost? Adolescent Alienation in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
Alienation and Resistance: Representation in Text and Image – University of Dundee – June 2010

‘She Wore Pink Shoes: The Cross Gendered Voice in Suzanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Exploding the Cannon – University of Stirling – May 2008

‘Sixteen, Alone and Uncommonly Pretty: Representations of Victorian Gender in Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Novels’
Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self-Representation – University of Dundee – May 2008

‘Mother Eve: Philip Pullman and Conceptions of Good and Evil’
Sub/Versions: Cultural Status, Genre and Critique – University of Dundee – June 2006

Convention Appearance

Invited speaker and panel organiser on Twisted Tales: The Darker Side of Fairytales, Nineworlds Geekfest – London – August 2017

Invited speaker on Limits of Horror: When Does Thriller Become Horror?, Nineworlds Geekfest – London – August 2017

Invited speaker on Undercover Geek: How to Stealth Cosplay, Nineworlds Geekfest – London – August 2017

Workshop organiser on Feminst Parenting Meet-up, Nineworlds Geekfest – London – August 2017

Invited speaker on Beauty Of The Beast: Monsters and Why We Love Them, Nine Worlds Geekfest – London – August 2016

Moderator on Cosplay for Beginners, Nine Worlds Geekfest – London – August 2016

Invited speaker on How to Cosplay on a Budget, Nine Worlds Geekfest – London – August 2016

Wicked or Wonderful?: Religion in Gregory Maguire’s Oz, Nineworlds Geekfest Religion Track London – August 2015


Research Group Talk

“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say”: Reflections of the Non/Human in Gregory Maguire’s Mirror Mirror
Being Non/Human Research Group – Kings College London – May 3014

Guest Lecture

‘Adapting Narratives: Gregory Maguire’s Wicked’  for the HNC Professional Writing Skills module on ‘Narrative in Fiction and Film’, May 2010