The BLT19 Research Team

Meet the Team

The BLT19 research project draws from a range of academic backgrounds and disciplines. Below you can find out more about some of the primary contributors behind the content on the site.

Debbie Canavan

Deborah Canavan completed an English Literature M.A. at the University of Greenwich in 2015. Her dissertation focused on the paradoxical theme of the ‘fallen woman’ in nineteenth-century literature. Deborah is a local government professional. In her spare time she is involved in the running of a craft brewery. Deborah was responsible for developing the BLT19 secondary teaching materials, collaborating with local schools and teachers, and writing essays.

Connie Gallagher

Connie Gallagher is a research assistant for the Bathway Theatre Network (BTN) and Department for Literature, Language and Theatre at Greenwich University. She is also an artist and curator, whose research interests lie in labour politics, manufacturing and craft. Recent exhibitions include The Ghosts are in the House at Chopping Block Gallery (2018) and Life Between Buildings at Spinach (2016 – 17). She has also written and presented in a number of symposiums across London and the UK, most recently with the short-circuit article Occupational Realism: Reflecting on my Relationship between my Work-a-Day Job and Artistic Labour for post-graduate arts journal Dandelion.

Ann M. Hale

Ann M. Hale is a PhD candidate at the University of Greenwich. Her research focuses on the relationship between nineteenth-century legal periodicals and professional identity. She was awarded the 2014 Rosemary VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize-winning essay, “W.T. Stead and Participatory Reader Networks,” appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. Ann holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). She is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a member of the State of Minnesota Bar. Ann was responsible for the BLT19 website, OCR, undergraduate teaching materials, slideshows, and several of the essays and biographies.

Andrew King

Andrew King is Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on nineteenth-century periodicals and popular fiction. In addition to having published many articles and chapters in books, he is the author of The London Journal 1845-1883: Periodicals, Production, and Gender (2004), and has edited or co-edited numerous volumes and special numbers, including Victorian Print Media (2005), Popular Print Media 1820-1900 (2005), Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture (2013), and the Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers (2016). He is currently completing a literary biography of Ouida. He also blogs at

Alexander Rose

Alexander Rose is a graduate research officer based with BLT19. He graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2018 with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. His work as an undergraduate focused upon contemporary theatre and he authored a short play that was staged as part of the 2017 Greenwich book festival. For BLT19 he has updated the trade periodical database for publication, as well as producing articles and content for the website. His other research interests include the Gothic novel and its modern influences.

Fiona Snailham

Fiona Snailham is a second year PhD student at the University of Greenwich. Her thesis re-evaluates the work of the novelist and journalist Eliza Lynn Lynton, seeking to re-establish Linton’s reputation as an actor of note in the nineteenth-century literary market in order to investigate our own investment in disparaged figures in history. Fiona won a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship and began work on her thesis in January 2016 after a career as a secondary school teacher. She holds BAs in Law (Oxford) and English (OU), and an MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Reading). Her wider research interests include the nineteenth-century novel, women in nineteenth-century journalism, Victorian periodicals, and gender studies.

Victoria Tunn

Victoria Tunn is a Graduate Project Support Officer working on BLT19. She graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2017 with a degree in History. Her dissertation investigated cultural manifestations of the witch in the nineteenth century and mapped the literary witch to evolving constructions of Victorian femininity. For BLT19 she has produced a database of trade periodicals, interviewed a variety of working professionals about their work practices, attitudes, and career trajectories, and has written a series of blog-posts based on her findings.

BLT19 Contributor Credits

The initials of the primary content author are included at the end of each page or essay:

  • AK = Andrew King
  • DC = Deborah Canavan
  • AMH = Ann M. Hale
  • FS = Fiona Snailham
  • VT = Victoria Tunn
  • CG = Connie Gallagher
  • AR = Alexander Rose