Meet the Team behind the Centre for Contemporary Legend at Sheffield Hallam University:

Dr. David Clarke – Reader & Principal Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University


Dave has published numerous books on folklore and traditions of belief, specifically on the supernatural and UFOs, writes regularly for the Fortean Times and has worked extensively in relation to his research with The UK National Archives and the Ministry of Defence.  His PhD is in Folklore and was completed at Centre for English Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield.

Visit David’s Web site HERE

Diane A. Rodgers – Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University

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Diane has lectured in film and media at both Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan University, and is currently working on a PhD in folklore and British 1970s television.  She has a chapter on folk-horror television published in an edited collection on Christmas horror and writes regularly for Cinema Retro magazine.

Visit Diane’s website HERE

Andrew Robinson – Senior Lecturer in Photography at Sheffield Hallam University


Andrew is a photographer, artist and educator whose practice investigates notions of identity and vernacular culture through a visual anthropology of people, place, and trace applying creative strategies that integrate still and moving imagery along with text, audio, and found materials. He is the founder and curator of the photo book website ‘photobibliophile’.

Visit Andrew’s website HERE

Sophie Parkes-Nield – PhD candidate, Sheffield Hallam University

Sophie is researching English calendar customs at the Centre for Contemporary Legend. A practice-based PhD programme, Sophie is writing a novel that incorporates English customs to examine what they reveal about individuals and communities in contemporary England. 

Visit Sophie’s’s website HERE