Well, it’s been a whirlwind year. So much so that I’ve not updated my blog for several months.  As some of my readers might know, I’m coming to the end of a year-long appointment as a Trinity Long Room Hub Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Fellow in Dublin, extending and broadening my interdisciplinary research on the impact of […]


Good morning readers, and Happy New Year! Event notice: on 18th January, I will be inviting my collaborators from electronic engineering, Professor Stephen Smith and Dr Márjory Da Costa-Abreu to Dublin to present a talk entitled: “Neuro-handwriting analysis: Where the medieval and the 21st Century Collide”. The event will be at 4-5pm at the Trinity […]

I’m back at my desk after being invited to the launch of the 2018 exhibition programme at Science Gallery Dublin. I first discovered Science Gallery on the second day after I moved to Dublin, having just got off a train at the nearby Pearse Station. I walked past this newish-looking building and spied what looked […]

It’s been a while since I updated The Scribe Unbound. Last time I wrote, I was wrangling with image permissions having had a couple of articles accepted for publication. Those articles, which were all interdisciplinary, collaborative, endeavors, have now been published: ‘Historical analyses of disordered handwriting,’ Written Communication 34 (2016): http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0741088316681988  ‘A history of dystonia: ancient to […]

Now is a great time to be a medievalist. More and more beautiful, high-resolution, images of medieval manuscripts are appearing online. However, it can be difficult to a) find these images, b) know whether you are allowed to use them, and c) know where you stand when it comes to reproducing them in open access […]

‘Parchment, Paper and Pixels’, held at the Regionaal Centrum Historisch Limburg (RCHL) in Maastricht was billed as an opportunity to ‘examine possibilities for collaboration between scholars of medieval sources and those in the digital sciences’. As I write this, I am undertaking a long journey back to York, negotiating both national rail services and the […]

I’ve been evaluating the success of my open access articles this week, and looked up my collaborative article published by Brain in 2015: Thorpe, Deborah E., and Jane E. Alty. “What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’have?.” Brain (2015), available here. When I last checked, this article had amassed over 5,000 […]

Dear readers, I have the pleasure of announcing that my Wellcome Trust-funded documentary “Tremulous Hands” is now online: Making this documentary, with local film makers, Digifish, was a pleasure. It has also given me the opportunity to work closely with my collaborators on a public engagement piece. Featuring in the documentary with me are electronic […]

Hygge. It’s taking the UK by storm as a novel way for Brits to enjoy our cultural inferiority. Hygge, The Little Book of Hygge, How to Hygge, Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures, Living the Danish Way … we are buying these books in our droves, settling down in a comfy chair (or, more likely, […]

Call for papers: ICMS Kalamazoo 2017 “Grey Matter: Brains, Diseases, and Disorders” Special session organised by Deborah Thorpe, Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York, UK. Description: This session invites papers that examine any aspect of medieval cognition, neurology, and/or psychiatry through medieval source material. This topic can be approached through […]