Deborah Thorpe – About me


I am a postdoctoral researcher aligned with the ‘Neurohumanities’ ISSF network and based at the Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research institute at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). My interdisciplinary research focuses on pre-modern experiences of speech disorders, and therefore collaboration is central to the project. My fellowship is in association with Trinity’s School of Histories and Humanities and the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme.

I was previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow for 2017-18 at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. Over the course of that year, I made a palaeographical study of the work of ageing and elderly scribes in medieval and early modern manuscript books and documents, with a focus on Irish resources. The overarching aim of my research was to better understand the handwriting changes associated with normal physiological ageing, as well as the stylistic developments that occurred as fashions changed, and scribes were influenced by patrons and other scribes around them. Book forthcoming … watch this space.

I joined TCD from the University of York where I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Electronics and Department of English (2014-17). I remain a Visiting Research Fellow  at the University of York.

I have developed a keen interest in public engagement, and in policy surrounding healthcare and ageing. Therefore, my blog reflects this diversity in my interests.

Debs Thorpe


  1. Dear Debs,
    I’d like to introduce myself. Ulrike Wuttke suggested that I contact you about the conference on Early Modern Prophecies coming up in London. I and another colleague (both of us work on prophecy) are proposing a panel on prophecies in the transitional period between manuscript and print. Ulrike thought that you might have some interest. If so, I could tell you more about what we’re proposing and see if you’d like to join us. Let me know. All the best.

    Frances Courtney Kneupper :

  2. Charlotte Whatley · · Reply

    Hi there!
    I actually heard about your new project from my friend Abby Gautreau. I am a medievalist currently working on legal writs from the King’s Bench and Common Pleas in the reign of Edward III. When she mentioned your project, I was immediately intrigued because I have run across a number of documents that are in a very interesting hand (I have categorized them as looking as if they were written from the back of a horse at full gallop). Not sure if these would be of interest, but I thought I would contact you to see. Hope to hear from you.

    1. Hi Charlotte! I would be very interested. One of the great things about my new project is the potential for collaboration and inspiration like this! I will send you a proper email when I am at my desk. Thanks for getting in touch.

    2. Hi Charlotte. Could you send me your email address, to

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