This is where I plonk my journalism and public engagement stuff, starting with forthcoming/most recent. Enjoy!
Proms Plus: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Culture and Heritage. I’m looking forward to chairing this Proms Plus talk in August 2018: an introduction to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and heritage with writers Louise Doughty and Damian Le Bas. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4fxp6
Fan Fiction: I Was A Teenage Weirdo. In June 2018, I was a guest on a podcast exploring teenage creativity, sexuality and oddity. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/i-was-a-teenage-weirdo/id1394211170?mt=2
Rehabilitating the Rev. John Trusler. In June 2018, I wrote and presented this short radio programme about the Rev. John Trusler – eighteenth-century writer, publisher, entrepreneur, life coach, shady ghostwriter, inventor, visionary and probable scoundrel. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06btv79 Featured in Pick of the Week on Radio 4.
Whose Book Is It Anyway? In November 2016, I was a panelist on a forty-five minute programme aired on Freethinking, BBC Radio 3, addressing the political pamphlets of Thomas Paine and Hannah More. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080xzm6
‘Facebook: A Universal Tattoo?’ A few images, and a video, of the TedX talk I delivered in November 2016 as part of the TedX Conference at Fallibroome Academy.
What’s In A Name? In August 2016, I wrote and presented this twenty-minute essay aired on Freethinking, BBC Radio 3, addressing the history of baby naming. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p042vg4z
Not Suitable For Children In July 2016, I co-wrote and presented this forty-five minute Sunday Feature aired on BBC Radio 3, addressing the history of anxieties about ‘suitability’ in children’s literature. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07jlm30 Featured as Pick of the Week in the Radio Times.
The Great Forgetting: Women Writers Before Austen. InApril 2016, I co-created, and appeared in all six episodes of, this podcast series addressing the lives and writings of eighteenth-century women, in conversation with Helen Lewis (deputy editor, New Statesman). Published by the New Statesman. Special guests: Jennie Batchelor (Kent) and Elizabeth Edwards (University of Wales). https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2016/04/hidden-histories-podcast
‘Biting satire: The political caricatures of James Gillray’, BBC Arts, 26 March 2015. A review of the Ashmolean Museum’s James Gillray exhibition, Love Bites. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3vnKGcrgKsP5kSp7ZZWRS6M/biting-satire-the-political-caricatures-of-james-gillray
‘Treason, Trials and Tribulations,’ BBC Arts, 26 March 2015. A short documentary film I made for BBC Arts, about freedom of speech in the 1790s (or, as I like to put it, ‘How to kill the king with beer and farts’) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02msxbt
‘In the name of tradition’, Guardian Saturday Review, 13 December 2014. An extended article for the Guardian on the history and practice of the English custom whereby women change their surname on marriage. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/12/im-getting-married-should-i-change-my-surname
‘Should women change their names when they marry?’, BBC News Magazine, 1 November 2014. An article for the BBC on the history and practice of the English custom whereby women change their surname on marriage. Probably the most-read thing I’ve ever written! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29804450
‘Jeremy Bentham’s Universal Tattoo’, 13 June 2014. A five-minute broadcast for BBC Radio 3’s Freethinking Programme, about eighteenth-century ID cards. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020v6gb
Strange Bedfellows: Creativity in the Curriculum. YouTube, 18 June 2013. A twenty-minute documentary film I made (with Alys Mostyn, University of Leeds), about creativity in the curriculum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGVI3_BQHxQ
‘In defence of the humanities: why this government is wrong to scorn an arts education’, The Independent, 30 April 2013. I gripe about the devaluation of an arts education. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/in-defence-of-the-humanities-why-this-government-is-wrong-to-scorn-an-arts-education-8597863.html
‘The power of confession’, The Bookseller, 17 July 2012. I pontificate about my Catholic upbringing in relation to my debut novel, Rites. https://www.thebookseller.com/feature/sophie-coulombeau-power-confession-338852