In July 2015 I gave one of the keynote lectures at the Locating Fantastika conference, entitled ‘The Past is a Fantastical Country: Otherworlds from medieval to modern’.
In May 2014 I gave a talk at Hay Festival called 'Who Wants to Live Forever? Mortals, Immortals and the Undead'.
I am currently working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery on a symposium entitled 'Black Country Echoes' at which I will be giving the keynote lecture. In January 2010 I organised the Annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference on Gender and the Family at Birmingham with Dr Simon Yarrow. I organised 'Identity and Cultural Exchange 600-1600: Contact, Travel and Trade' at Birmingham in 2002 and was also heavily involved in arranging the `Manuscripts of the West Midlands' conference (Birmingham, April 2003) and the 3rd International Piers Plowman conference (Birmingham, July 2003). I ran the Graduate Medieval Seminar at Birmingham until 2009 and have contributed to seminar series in the Department of History and the Institute for Antiquity and Archaeology.
I have co-ordinated several panels at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, most recently in 2010, and frequently give papers both there and at other conferences in the UK, Ireland and the US. I am a member of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland.
I have been involved in developing web-based learning materials for the study of medieval languages and literature for some time, and have been involved in the process of selecting and integrating the new iVLE in the University. I also run a blog to complement my fantasy module.