About Me

I am a writer and presenter on “all things medieval” to academic and general audiences. I have a PhD in Medieval Literature and a 1st Class Honours in Early English, both degrees from Macquarie University where I lectured in English Literature and Medieval Studies. My specialist research field is Medieval Mystics and this was the basis of my successful non-fiction book Mysticism and Space (Washington: CUA Press, 2008). Other academic publications include chapters and articles on St Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and Hildegard of Bingen, and on anchorites and the practice of immurement. More generally, I’ve published on Geoffrey Chaucer, Jorge Luis Borges, and Oscar Wilde, and have been a contributor to the International Dictionary of Literary Biography. My first novel Grasping at Water (Canberra: Odyssey Books) was published in 2018, and my creative non-fiction The Mystics Who Came to Dinner (New York: Orbis Books) was published in 2022. I live in Sydney, Australia, with my husband, a faithful dog, and a wild garden, and am the proud mother of three adult daughters.

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