Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

An International Network Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Touching Jesus: Christ’s Side Wound & Medieval Manuscript Tradition

  In summer 2015, I was a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on Manuscript Materiality. As seminar participants, we experienced first-hand the laborious and delicate work required of medieval scribes to produce the written word. While experimenting with techniques for making parchment, scraping quills, preparing ink, crafting paper, and assembling a […]


Gaelic women’s songs 1400-1600

From the four-hundred-year span of our Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales’, more than two hundred Gaelic songs attributed to female poets have survived. The earliest of these, some of which are attributable to named poets from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, provide an intriguing glimpse of women’s lives in the Gàidhealtachd, […]


Translating Margery Kempe’s Inner Voices

  In early September I attended the conference, ‘Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages’, held at St Anne’s College, Oxford. There I had a privilege to meet Professor Corinne Saunders, who gave a very exciting plenary lecture with her colleague, Dr Charles Fernyhough, a psychologist, as part of their Wellcome-funded […]


Hearing the Voice

We are delighted to announce that the Hearing the Voice project led by the University of Durham has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award to continue its interdisciplinary research into voice-hearing and auditory hallucinations for another five years. This is one of the first grants ever to be awarded under the Wellcome Trust’s new […]


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