‘Tolkien in Oxford’ (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction
My current research is on WW1 Poetry, the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and also humanities computing.
My main area of research started as Old English (my PhD was on Ælfric's Old Testament Homilies - see http://users.ox.ac.uk/~stuart/kings). In 1991 I began work in elearning and applying these to the arts (hence humanities computing) developing my first package to teach online around Isaac Rosenberg's 'Break of Day in the Trenches'. My research since then was been primarily in elearning, electronic libraries, digital publishing etc. I also have run major projects on the War poets which culminated in two large online projects (see http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/); have worked on the fiction and manuscripts of J. R. R. Tolkien publishing on his interactions with the poem 'The Wanderer' and editing the Blackwells/Wiley Companion to J R R Tolkien (2014), plus two editions (with E. Solopova) of The Keys of MIddle-earth. I am currently finishing the Routledge Major Works four-volume set on Tolkien, and the chapter on 'The British Canon' as part of the forthcoming Cambridge History of First World War Poetry. I also ran the 2013 Tolkien and 2014 WW1 Poetry Spring Schools at Oxford.
Old English, Tolkien, WW1 Literature, Humanities Computing
Lecture and tutors on Old English; Tolkien; World War 1 Poetry. Director of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive project; the Great War Archive; and Project Woruldhord. I was also heavily involved in the Europeana 1914-1918 project, and contributed to the WW1 Continuations and Beginnings Open Educational Resources project. Podcasts of various lectures are available on the University's iTunes U site or at podcasts.ox.ac.uk. Published playwright (see samples at ScriptCircle).