~ Media & Publications ~

Standing on Points: A Podcast on the History and Culture of Punctuation.

A whimsical show featuring strictly-no-rules musings on all things dots and dashes by me & interviews with punctuation fans from poets to designers. 2020 to today. Click here.

2022

An interview on the exclamation mark with Sean Moncrieff of newstalk radio in Ireland.

21 November 2022.

‘I’m spontaneous! I’m sincere! I’m infantile and deeply annoying! How the exclamation mark divided the world’ in The Guardian.

An essay on the life of ! in modern times from millennials to politics to Twitter. 17 November 2022. Click here.

‘Punctuation is Powerful!!’  in New Humanist (print).

An essay on the history of !, what happens in our brain when we see it, and why women are using more ! than men. Winter 2022.

‘Shouty Jane Austen? On the Evolution of the Exclamation Mark’  in Literary Review (print).

An essay on ! in Austen’s manuscripts, and what happened to them it in the editing process. November 2022. For the paid online version click here.

‘Pause for Thought’ on BBC3 The Essay (radio).

An essay on the virtue of brackets, 6 May. Click here.

‘Under Your Breath: The Biology of Reading’ in Oh, Reader (print). 

An essay on the voice in our heads when reading, 7 June.

2021

‘Comma, Colon, Dot, and Dash: How Punctuation Made Reading Possible’ in Oh, Reader (print).

An essay on how punctuation developed as a reading aid, September 2021.

‘The Innovative Shape of Poems’ on BBC3 Free Thinking (radio).

A postcard on the history of punctuation, and an interview on its role in poetry, 30 June. Click here.

‘Introducing New Generation Thinkers 2021’ on BBC 3 Free Thinking (radio).

An interview on punctuation in history and culture, March. Click here.

2020

‘Counterpoint’ on ABC Radio. 

Interview on punctuation with Amanda Vanstone (former Australian minister), October. Interview starts ca 39 minutes in.  Click here.

‘Beside the Point: Punctuation is Dead, Long Live Punctuation!’ in Aeon (digital).

An essay on the history and future of punctuation, September. Click here.

‘The Conversation’ on YouTube.

Interview on the history of punctuation with historian Paul Hamilton of Glasgow University, September. Click here.

‘Pause and Effect: The Past and Future of Punctuation Marks’ in History Today (print).

An essay on the origins of punctuation and where it’s going, January. Click here

2019

‘All the Names of Green: Days at Lake Geneva’ in Shanti Arts.

A personal essay on exploring Lake Geneva in literature and in situ, July. Click here

2017

‘From the Taming of the Shrew to 10 Things I Hate About You: Taming Wild Women in European Culture’ on the Women Are Boring blog.

An article on the “shrew” figure in culture from folk songs to Shakespeare and adaptations of his works, March. Click here.

2016

‘Society and the Female Voice: Shakespeare’s Singing Madwomen’ on the Women Are Boring blog.

An article on the complex meanings of female song and music-making on the Renaissance stage. September. Click here.

‘Grendel’s Grammar’ on the What Literature Knows about Your Brain blog by Prof. Lyne (Cambridge). 

An article on how language can shape perception with examples from the Old English epic Beowulf. Click here.

2015

‘Music, Language, and Earworms’ on the What Literature Knows about Your Brain blog by Prof. Lyne (Cambridge).

An article on the workings of repetition in music and poetry, December. Click here.

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