Andy Orchard is the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Pembroke College; he is
also a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the British
Academy. Before returning to Oxford, Andy was Reader in Anglo-Saxon,
Norse, and Celtic and Head of Department at Cambridge, and then spent
thirteen years as Professor of English and Medieval Studies in Toronto,
where he was successively Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and
Provost and Vice Chancellor of Trinity College. He has supervised or
co-supervised more than fifty doctoral dissertations to completion, on
both sides of the Atlantic, and has been awarded teaching prizes at both
Oxford and Cambridge, being voted ‘Most Acclaimed Lecturer in
Humanities’ by the Oxford Student Union in 2015 (and was nominated again
in 2018). Andy has published widely on Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
topics, and his books include The Elder Edda: a Book of Viking Lore;
A Critical Companion to ‘Beowulf’; Cassell Dictionary of Norse Myth
and Legend; Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the
‘Beowulf’ Manuscript; and The Poetic Art of Aldhelm. He is currently
completing further book-length studies on Cynewulf and the Crafting of
Anglo-Saxon Verse and The Anglo-Saxon Riddle Tradition, as well as
a new edition and facing-page translation of Beowulf; alongside CLASP,
other ongoing commissioned projects include Reading Old English Now and
Then; A History of Old English Verse; From Speech to Script: the
Earliest English Literature; and The Oxford History of Poetry in
English (Early Medieval). He is an Executive Editor of the journals
Anglo-Saxon England (CUP) and Notes and Queries (OUP), as well as on
the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Medieval Latin (Brepols) and
the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Harvard); he is the Founding Editor
of Toronto Anglo-Saxon Studies and Toronto Old Norse–Icelandic Studies
(both UTP). Andy has appeared often on radio and television, and has
been a consultant for several film-projects, including Beowulf and
Grendel (dir. Sturla Gunnarsson ), Into the Inferno (dir.
Werner Herzog ), and Tolkien (dir. Dome Karukoski ).
Colleen M. Curran
Colleen Curran was awarded her PhD in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies from King’s College London in 2017. Within the scope of the CLASP project, Colleen researches the Anglo-Latin poetic corpus. In particular, she researches the manuscript witnesses of Anglo-Latin poetry and their wider transmission, dissemination and reception, especially via the Continent. Along with Tristan Major, Colleen is preparing a new edition of Frithegod’s poetry.
Rafael J. Pascual
Rafael J. Pascual is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at CLASP: A Consolidated
Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry, an EU-funded project based at the Oxford Faculty
of English Language and Literature. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at New
College and a Lecturer in Early Medieval English Literature at Magdalen
College, Oxford. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Granada (2014),
with a dissertation on the dating and textual criticism of Beowulf, on the
strength of which he gained a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard
University. He is the co-editor, with Leonard Neidorf and Tom Shippey, of Old
English Philology: Studies in Honour of R. D. Fulk (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer,
2016), and one of the contributors to The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment
(Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014). His articles on Old and Middle English
alliterative poetry have appeared in prominent journals, such as English
Studies, Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Neophilologus, Studia
Neophilologica, Notes and Queries, and ANQ.
Rachel works on the database of scribal errors and emendations. She completed
her PhD at UCL in 2018, funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.
Her thesis examined the manuscript presentation of Old English verse,
including word-spacing and punctuation, the relationship between mise-en-page
and early English art, the layout of contemporary Latin verse, and the use of
unusual characters in page design. Her own research focuses on the Old English
Dialogues of Solomon and Saturn, Thing Theory, and the metrical features of
Old English verse layout.
Nick White is the IT Project Manager for CLASP. Previously he worked on the Living Poets project, and co-founded Rescribe Ltd, a not for profit company specialising in OCR of early modern printing and manuscript hands.
Claire Diana Selby
Claire Studied French and German at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, adding Polish and basic Italian through her later work. An Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she enjoys all aspects of project management. She is an award-winning writer of English teaching materials with a long-held interest in the development of language.