I was born in Swansea but grew up in London. I was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Durham.
My research interests and publications focus on the political and social history of late medieval England and Ireland. I did my postgraduate research on the English lordship of Ireland c.1420-52. A recent conference paper at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, focused on what a the chance survival of a personal letter written in Ireland in 1429 reveals about transmission of news from France to Ireland via England at a crucial turning-point in the Hundred Years War. I am also currently working on a chapter on fifteenth-century Ireland for a new Cambridge History of Ireland.
Within the Department, I am the Part-Time Degree Coordinator and Module Convenor for History Education, Ireland and the English in the Middle Ages, Kingship and Crisis in England c.1154-1330. Outside the Department I am a Member of the Council of the Historical Association.
My interests outside history revolve around family and friends at home and abroad. I also enjoy reading nineteenth-century English novels and going to the theatre.