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My thesis was on Florence Marryat, a prolific and erratic Victorian novelist who enjoyed a colourful personal life. I’m interested in how she used her novels as a platform to spread radical feminist ideas.

During my long career, I’ve worked as a web developer, IT manager, technical writer, publisher, and university lecturer. Yes, it’s quite a range, but all these roles bring together my love of learning, teaching, and technology.

I recently left the tech sector to work for Research Coach, where I’m coaching and training academics, from PhD researchers through to professors. I’m especially interested in using AI and other assistive technologies to streamline research and writing.


PhD in Victorian Literature & Culture – University of Sussex – 2010-2014

MA Victorian Studies (Distinction) – Birkbeck, University of London – 2006-2008

Other Publications


  • Florence Marryat, Key Popular Women Writers (Brighton: Edward Everett Root, 2020)

  • How to Finish Your PhD (Brighton, UK: Catherine Pope Limited, 2020)

  • How to Publish Your PhD (Brighton, UK: Catherine Pope Limited, 2021)


  • ‘“More Like a Woman Stuck into Boy’s Clothes”: Transcendent Femininity in Florence Marryat’s Her Father’s Name’, in British Women’s Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury: 1860s and 1870s, ed. by Adrienne E. Gavin and Carolyn Oulton, British Women’s Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury, 2 vols (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), ii

  •  ‘The Chains That Gall’, in For Better, for Worse: Marriage in Victorian Novels by Women, ed. by Carolyn Lambert and Marion Shaw, Routledge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature (New York: Routledge, 2017)


  • Black, Helen C, Notable Women Authors of the Day, ed. by Catherine Pope and Troy Bassett (Brighton: Victorian Secrets, 2011)

  • Jenkins, Elizabeth, ‘Introduction’, in Harriet, Valancourt 20th Century Classics (Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2015)

  • ‘Rhoda Broughton’, Oxford Bibliographies, 2013.


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