Contact us

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all content on this website was written collaboratively by the three of us, below, and should not be taken as an official statement on behalf of any of our sponsors, employers, or institutional affiliates.

You can contact us by post (!) at the following address: Digital Epistolary Network, c/o Olivia Thompson, Balliol College, Oxford, OX1 3BJ

Below you can read a little more about us and our research, and details to contact any of us individually if you so wish.


Helen Brown

English literature, Hertford College
Digital Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press

Helen completed her masters degree at Durham University, having received her BA from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her current DPhil research concerns the application of digital editorial and analytical methods to the letters of Alexander Pope. Alongside her studies, Helen is a Digital Editorial Assistant at Oxford University Press, working on projects such as Oxford Scholarly Editions Online and the Very Short Introductions series. She is also the facilitator for the introductory Text Encoding Initiative workshop at this year’s Digital Humanities Summer School in Oxford.

Michaela Crawley

History, Wolfson College
Research Co-ordinator, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

Michaela graduated with First Class Honours in History and Irish Studies from the University of Liverpool, where also received a Distinction in her MA in Irish Studies and acted as a lecturer. She is now pursuing a DPhil as the recipient of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing AHRC Scholarship. Her research focuses on the career of the eminent Irish diplomat John W. Dulanty. She is committed to making Irish history accessible to those affected by it, and has worked with various charities and consulted with the UK Irish Embassy regarding young members of the Irish diaspora residing in Great Britain. Follow her on Twitter @michileenog



Olivia Thompson

Ancient History, Balliol College
Rare Books, Bodleian Libraries

Olivia read Greats (both Latin and Greek) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before moving to Balliol for postgraduate studies in ancient history. She assists with the accession of rare books and archival material in the Special Collections department of the Bodleian Libraries. As a bridge between these two activities she is producing an interactive print-digital edition of the correspondence of Cicero. She sends letters written by hand (with a dip pen and ink bottle) and famous multilingual postcards. Now (alas) on Twitter @livyaugusta