This is just a short update to say that the ‘Regional Romanticism’ fellowship has now officially ended. I have taken up a new role as Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers project being led by Dr Katie Halsey at the University of Stirling, with Dr Matt Sangster (Glasgow) as Co-Investigator. We are working with historical borrowing data from thirteen Scottish libraries stretching from Wigtown to Kirkwall, in a project that promises to significantly recalibrate how we think about the reception of literature in Scotland in these years. I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge.
While the funded period of ‘Regional Romanticism’ is finished, outputs will continue to appear in the next few years, most notably the project monograph that is contracted to Palgrave Macmillan. Equally, I aim to give a further update in due course on the knowledge-exchange activity surrounding my collaboration with illustrator Hugh Bryden on a graphic novel about the pirate/naval hero John Paul Jones for children, which is being donated to schools and libraries in southwest Scotland. The materials are printed and ready to go but the final stage of delivery has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. I have also been able to commission additional illustration work from artist Denise Zygadlo engaging with the research, and will be discussing that activity here and/or on Twitter.
Finally then, for now at least, just to say that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the British Academy have given me to develop my research in the last three years – it has been a hugely stimulating period.