About me

I am a historian of religion and popular culture and a freelance writer. My PhD research, completed at the University of Liverpool in 2011, looked at the genesis of the religious cult of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, ‘the greatest saint of modern times’, and the visual and commercial promotion of devotion to her by her remarkable sister, Carmelite nun, amateur artist and PR genius before the age of PR, Céline Martin. You can read my thesis here.

My interests include popular religion and sainthood, particularly in modern France and Poland. I also have an interest in fan cults and pilgrimage, in both the sacred and secular contexts of Catholicism and popular music. I write on history, religion and culture at the Guardian and elsewhere.

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