Speculative NY Apr05

Speculative NY

Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts, 3 April 2017. This review originally appeared on the Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities staff blog (click here to view the original post). A recent author event at Waterstones Piccadilly (Europe’s...

RA Review Feb15

RA Review

Review of the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, “Revolution, Russian Art 1917-1932” This review originally appeared on the Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities staff blog (click here to view the original post). One hundred years after the Russian Revolution of 1917,...

BBC Radio 3 Nov30

BBC Radio 3

I was recently invited onto BBC Radio 3's late-night programme "Free Thinking" to take part in a live broadcast discussing the literary Weird. Since co-editing an essay collection on China Miéville, China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015), I've been...

Museum of London Oct04

Museum of London

As part of the Museum of London's new Night Museum series, I'll be giving a talk titled "Dark City: London After the Apocalypse" for the Museum of Dark Places events, curated by Jes Fernie. My talk will consider London’s darker side in literary and popular...

BBC One Documentary Sep20

BBC One Documentary

I was recently interviewed for a BBC One documentary about the life of H. G. Wells, titled 'Future Tense: The Story of H. G. Wells.' Broadcast on television on 16 September 2016, the documentary was part of a range of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Wells' birth,...

BBC World Service Dec31

BBC World Service

The BBC World Service invited me to be interviewed for a programme titled "Crunch Lit," which explored the rise in recent novels and plays dealing with the 2008 financial crash and post-2008 economic conditions. Journalist Audrey Tinline was interested in examining the way in which...

BFI Voyager Festival Nov16

BFI Voyager Festival

I've been invited to take part in the BFI Voyager Virtual Festival on Science Fiction, which is being co-organised by the BFI and HarperCollins' Harper Voyager Books imprint, which publishes leading fantasy and science fiction. The virtual festival is taking place on...

BBC iWonder Nov04

BBC iWonder

I was approached by the BBC production team in October 2014 to consult on a Science Fiction timeline that they were organising, to advertise the BBC's forthcoming Science Fiction iPlayer 3-part documentary. You can view the timeline by clicking on the image below, or visiting the...

Jobs Twitter Chat Jun30

Jobs Twitter Chat

On Tuesday 8th July 2014, I'll be doing a Tweet Chat Q&A for the UK academic jobs website jobs.ac.uk – from 12.45pm GMT for one hour. The discussion will be taking place on the dedicated #jobsQ hashtag, which brings together postgraduate students and early career...

Times Higher

The debate over "gold" open access in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) was explored in February in the Times Higher Education cover story. The article featured interview material with Dr Martin Paul Eve and myself, as Academic Project Directors of the Open Library of...

The Chronicle

In January 2013, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) project that I co-direct with Dr Martin Eve was in its early stages of launching as an international network of academics, publishers and open source software developers. We were fortunate to receive a large amount of media coverage in the...

New Genre Army Nov13

New Genre Army

In April 2013, my PhD student Chris Callow and I co-organised a conference dedicated to SF writer and academic Adam Roberts titled "New Genre Army: An International Conference on the Writing of Adam Roberts." The conference is part of the Gylphi "Contemporary Writers:...

China MiƩville

On 14th-15th September 2012 Tony Venezia and I co-organised a 2-day academic conference dedicated to the writing of China Miéville, called "Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville." The conference was...

The Guardian May17

The Guardian

On Friday 18th May I'll be joining the Guardian Higher Education Network for their weekly Live Chat blog. This week's discussion will be focused around "How to be a good lecturer" and I'll be posting as well as answering any questions. You can join the chat from 12:00 to...

Siren FM May02

Siren FM

On Wednesday 2nd May I was invited to join Siren FM's "Midweek Drive" evening show, joining presenter Alex Lewczuk. Guests included the documentary film-maker Phil Leirness, Sci-Fi London fillm festival director Louis Savy, X-Files actor Dean Haglund, and Hollywood writer...

New Statesman Sep22

New Statesman

As part of my interest in sharing academic scholarship with a broader audience beyond the university, I’ve published 2 shorter versions of author interviews with David Mitchell and Jon McGregor in the New Statesman. During the course of my research I’ve become fascinated with the...

Left Lion Magazine Aug30

Left Lion Magazine

In the summer of 2010 a good friend and remarkable poet, Éireann Lorsung, organised a seven-month project and poetry exchange "I am an American Poet: This is American Poetry" in Nottingham. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview two of the visiting poets, Zachary...