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Brycchan Carey, Author and Academic

Brycchan Carey

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My name is Brycchan Carey and I'm an academic, author, and public speaker. My interests include the history of natural history, slavery and abolition, empire, and Black British history and literature. My site offers pages dedicated to all of these topics, as well as pages on many other places, people, topics, and writings that interest me.


About Me

I am Professor of Literature, Culture, and History in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

I have a wide range of interests centred on history, literature, and culture from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, but I work primarily on empire, slavery, and abolition on the one hand, and early modern and eighteenth-century natural history and the environment on the other.

I have written or edited eight books to date, with more on the way. My most recent is Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature, co-edited with Sayre Greenfield and Anne Milne and published by Palgrave in 2020. My book The Unnatural Trade: Slavery, Abolition, and Environmental Writing, 1650-1807 is forthcoming from Yale University Press in summer 2024.

I am currently working on a study of clerical naturalists in the age of enlightenment. As part of this, I am organising a conference on Gilbert White of Selborne.

I am the Treasurer of The Association for Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI). I was the first President of The Literary London Society, the 2021-24 President of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the 2015-19 President of ASLE-UKI. I am also active with my local environmental group, Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth in North Northumberland.

And yes, my name is spelled (or spelt) incorrectly. The proper Welsh spelling is "Brychan". Click here to see why

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You can also read my full academic CV, or check out my profile at Northumbria University. If you'd like to receive regular updates about this site and my other activities, you can follow me on Twitter.

My partner Rosie Paice is also an academic and author. Her website has loads of information about English Civil War poetry and the art and poetry of William Blake. Check it out at https://www.rosamundpaice.com/

Whatever you choose to do, thank you for visiting!

Pages on this Website

Resources for slavery, abolition, and emancipation

Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African

Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) African Man of Letters

Ottobah Cugoano: a former slave speaks out

British Abolitionists: people who worked against slavery

Poems about slavery A growing archive of poems that protested against slavery

Slavery Timeline A Chronology of Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation

Natural History and Clerical Naturalists

The Bookshop: books I've written and edited

Public Speaking: invite me to speak at your event or organisation

Places: photos and information about my favourite places.

Etexts: more than 50 etexts available on this site

Read my CV (PDF)

Complete index of this website

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