Meet the Organisers

Peter de Voogd: see our Keynote Speakers page.


W.B. Gerard has published Laurence Sterne and the Visual Imagination (Ashgate, 2006), edited Divine Rhetoric: Essays on the Sermons of Laurence Sterne (Delaware, 2010), and co-edited Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New (Delaware, 2010) and volume 9 of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne, The Miscellaneous Writings (2014). He also is co-editor of The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, member of the editorial board of The Shandean, and general editor of THAT Literary Review.


Paul Goring is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of A Sentimental Journey and has published several essays on Sterne’s life and writing.


Alexander Hardie-Forsyth is a Wolfson Scholar in the Humanities and occasional tutor in English at the University of Oxford. In 2013, he contributed to the Laurence Sterne Trust’s tercentenary ‘Good Humour Club’. He has since published articles in The Shandean, for which he has also acted as an Assistant Editor, and Forum. He is currently reading for a thesis titled ‘Laurence Sterne’s Textual Commerce’.


Mary Newbould is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, where she teaches widely across eighteenth-century literature and visual culture. Her book, Adaptations of Laurence Sterne’s Fiction: Sterneana, 1760-1840, was published in 2013, and she is an Editor of The Shandean.


Daniel Reed is Assistant Archivist at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2008, and is currently a PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University, researching towards a thesis titled ‘Patronage, Performance, and Reputation in the Eighteenth-Century Church’. Beyond his doctoral research, Daniel is an active member of the International Laurence Sterne Foundation, and an Assistant Editor of The Shandean.


Helen Williams is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Northumbria University. She has published several articles on Sterne and John Cleland, and is an editor of The Shandean.