Telling Stories: In Memory of My Granny, Rosemary Joy Melanify (1941-2016)

This is an essay about telling stories about individual lives. It is an essay about the power we have as historians. It is an essay about life and death. It is an essay about family and love. Above all this is an essay about my grandmother, about the life that she lived, the stories she … More Telling Stories: In Memory of My Granny, Rosemary Joy Melanify (1941-2016)

‘I’m stressed, but I know I’m fortunate I am to be in my position’: Gratitude, Precarity, and Mental Health

Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog on mental health and helped me to think through some of these things. Thanks also to the Class and Capitalism reading group run by Richard Bromhall, David Civil and Abi Rhodes for setting readings on audit culture and providing such great discussion.  This paper was … More ‘I’m stressed, but I know I’m fortunate I am to be in my position’: Gratitude, Precarity, and Mental Health

Mental Health and Academic Structures: A Personal Reflection

TW: suicidal ideation With my postgraduate colleagues at the Centre for Modern British Studies, I have written about the entanglement of our materiality and our practice, often focusing on what it means to write history from a position of precarity. At public events, we talk about the demands of the job market, but in private, … More Mental Health and Academic Structures: A Personal Reflection