After going to school in Nairobi, New York, London and Letchworth, I read English at St Anne's College, Oxford (Course II, specialising in medieval literatures and archaeology - what a treat), and went on to study for an M.A in Icelandic Literature at the Centre for Medieval Studies in York.

I then stayed in York for a D. Phil in the English Department (The Understanding of Death in England 800-1100). I have published a wide range of academic articles and a book, Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (Woodbridge, 2004), which was re-issued in paperback in July 2012. My current research is on the Viking Age sculpture of Britain and Ireland, and I am working on a monograph for Oxford University Press.


Having worked at a variety of jobs, including being a tour guide, artist’s model and EFL teacher, I now live in the beautiful West Mainland of Orkney, a short but often very rough ferry journey from the northern tip of Scotland, with family, cats, ducks and occasional sheep, lecturing for the Centre for Nordic Studies (part of the University of the Highlands and Islands), and Newcastle University in England, and planning further adventures for Wulfgar.