I’m a historian, broadcaster and writer based at Durham University, where I’m Associate Professor of Medieval History and Literature. In 2013, I became a BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinker, in a competition to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through the media and public engagement. This means that outside office hours I can usually be found outdoors—preferably somewhere weird and wild—and sometimes presenting programmes behind a microphone. I’m passionate about communicating history to the wider public, and I end up visiting some extraordinary places and meeting some extraordinary people in the process. As a result, I also spend quite a lot of time freezing cold, wet, windswept, and covered in mud (at least I hope it’s mud). When I can be lured indoors, I try to get as much writing done as possible.