Conferences that I have organised include `Manuscripts of the West Midlands' held at University of Birmingham, 2003, the 3rd International Piers Plowman conference, held at Birmingham, 2003, and a European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on ‘Applying Semantic Web Technologies to Medieval Manuscript Research’ held at Birmingham in 2009. I have served on the programme committee for the New Chaucer Society Congress.
I am founding co-editor of New Medieval Literatures, an annual of work on medieval textual cultures, with Dr Laura Ashe (University of Oxford), Dr Philip Knox (University of Cambridge), Professor David Lawton (Washington University St Louis), and Professor Kellie Robertson (University of Maryland).
I enjoy sharing the beauties and puzzles of medieval manuscripts with members of the public. I was a partner in Black Country Talk Yam Yam, contributing to a documentary film and a computer game about dialect in the West Midlands made by apprentices at the Learn Play Foundation. Some of my talks are on YouTube and Hay Player.