I’ve recently been named one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2016 – one of ten academics selected to work with the BBC to develop programs based on their research.

As part of a program on ‘Mystics and Reality‘ for BBC Radio 3, I discussed Daniel Dunglas Home – a man some Victorians considered to be a genuine miracle-worker, others, the greatest fraud who ever lived. You can listen here.

For the launch of the New Generation Thinkers scheme, I spoke at the Hay Festival on Alexander the Great, a Victorian con-artist turned archaeologist – and where our knowledge of the past comes from. The launch was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking program on May 31st 2016. You can listen on iPlayer here.

In March 2016, I interviewed the director Oliver Stone, as part of his visit to Durham – discussing Alexander the Great, George W. Bush, and what it means to be a hero. You can watch the discussion here.

I’ve written extensively for publications including Atlas Obscura, Roads & Kingdoms and Hazlitt.

The Guardian interviewed me in 2014 on a forgotten musical comedy by Joseph Heller – and my rediscovery of it in the archives at Yale.