About the organisers


Alison Horgan

Alison is a second year WRoCAH-funded PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on Thomas Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) exploring its status as a miscellany and the degree to which it reconfigures and represents “Englishness”. She is interested more widely in commonplace books, miscellanies and collections and associated ideas of reading in the mid eighteenth century and the materiality of books and collections.

Alison read English at Downing College, Cambridge, then completed a Masters at SOAS in African Languages and Literature (specialising in KiSwahili). After being a secondary English teacher in Sri Lanka, London and Argentina, she returned to Glasgow University where she did a MLitt in Enlightenment Romanticism and Nation.

Sam Longhurst

Sam is a second-year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. His research investigates the reception of Vigil’s Georgics in early eighteenth-century poetry. By situating georgic imitations and appropriations in their literary and intellectual contexts, his project aims to further explore emerging divisions between poetic, scientific, and professional discourses, and how this bears on the relationship between classical models and modern contexts.

Hannah Jeans

Hannah is a PhD student at the University of York, researching women’s reading habits in seventeenth-century England. She has previously worked on women’s memoirs about the English Civil War, and representations of femininity in seventeenth-century life-writing, and is interested generally in the history of gender and literature during the early modern period.