Writer & Independent Scholar

Welcome to my website! In the many years i’ve spent teaching and learning in adult and higher education, and independent research, I always found myself exploring topics that resulted in publications. This website allows me to share some of those disparate interests and preoccupations. I’ll be adding more later - a gallery of photographs for example. Meantime, take a look, and should you want to contact me about something, please do.

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Writer & Independent Scholar

Welcome to my website! In the many years i’ve spent teaching and learning in adult and higher education, and independent research, I always found myself exploring topics that resulted in publications. This website allows me to share some of those disparate interests and preoccupations. I’ll be adding more later - a gallery of photographs for example. Meantime, take a look, and should you want to contact me about something, please do.

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Expertise

  • Shakespeare

    I taught Shakespeare for many years at the Open University, which led me into an interest in film adaptations of his plays, resulting in a book about Shakespeare on Film, now in its second edition. I also have a major interest in Shakespearean London Theatres, the title of a major project I led to completion in 2013.

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  • English Literature

    I have taught many English authors in British universities and am perhaps best known for my scholarly work and publications in Romanticism – Mary Shelley, William Godwin and Bram Stoker. But I also have a particular interest in British chemist and Romantic poet Humphry Davy, and have published essays on his poetry and life.

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  • John Lennon

    Much of my interest in John Lennon stems from a love for the music of The Beatles, especially the recordings featuring his singing voice. An even greater impact is from the long interview I devised and led with John at his Weybridge house in late 1968; I am now working on a book about what I call his Songworld.

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Featured Publications

  • shalt

    Shakespearean London Theatres

    Peter Sillitoe, 2013

    I edited and compiled this publication as part of the AHRC-funded two-year project I devised and led to completion in 2013.

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    Dracula

    Bram Stoker, 2003 (1897)

    I edited the first Penguin Classics edition of Stoker’s novel in 1992. This is the latest updated version.

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    Frankenstein: The New Prometheus

    Mary Shelley, 2003 (1818)

    I edited the first Penguin Classics edition in 1985; this is the third updated edition

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    Shakespeare on Film

    2015

    The latest, expanded edition of the book in which I explore the way Shakespeare play adaptations have been brought to big and small screen audiences.

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