was the Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded project ‘Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland, 1618’, which ran from 2011 to 2013. He is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and the lucky discoverer of the manuscript of Jonson’s ‘Foot Voyage’ at Chester Archives. He has published widely on renaissance poetry and drama, with a particular focus on Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, and the literature of the civil war period. He has also published on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and on issues in contemporary literary theory, especially the topic of performativity, and the work of Stanley Cavell. He led an AHRC-funded project researching the world-class collections of Shakespeare and early modern drama in Edinburgh libraries, culminating in an exhibition, ‘Beyond Macbeth’, held at the National Library of Scotland in 2011-12, and an accompanying web feature. He has a website here.
was Co-investigator on the project. She is Professor of English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham. She has published on Shakespeare, Richard Brome, Ben Jonson and James Shirley, and has a wide-ranging research profile in seventeenth century literature and history, with particular interests in drama and the writing of space and place. She has appeared several times on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘In our Time’ talking about early modern literature and drama, and has advised on theatre and radio programmes as well as giving talks for playhouses and theatre companies in the UK and USA. Her book, The Cultural Geography of Early Modern Drama, was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy in 2012.
was the Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the AHRC project ‘Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland in 1618’ at the University of Edinburgh, where she lectures in early modern British and Scottish History. She has published on early modern government and society in the Scottish Borders, on the roles of communication and patronage within James VI and I’s government of his new ‘Britain’, and on Ben Jonson’s journey and early modern tourism.