I have taught in the School of Literature at UEA since 2005 and was appointed as a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow in 2010-11. Since 2011 I have been a permanent member of Faculty as a specialist Tutor in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.

I currently convene two modules: Level 3 Medieval Monstrosities and a Level 2 International Summer School module Reading Shakespeare's England This year I am also leading seminar groups for Literature in History I, Medieval Writing (to which I contribute lectures), Reading Texts II and Shakespeare.

I am a co-founder and organiser of UEA’s Medieval Discussion Group which meets periodically during term time and aims to facilitate contacts and conversations between medievalists across all Schools at UEA. For more information please email:

My first monograph, The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia, is under contract with Boydell & Brewer to be published in 2015.

All Publications

Pinner, R.


The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia

UEA Repository


Pinner, R.


A peer-reviewed annotated bibliography of the archive of the Julian of Norwich Centre, Norwich


Pinner, R.


St Edmund of East Anglia: ‘Martir, Mayde and Kynge’, and Midwife?: New Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern Miracles

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

Pinner, R.


Images of St Edmund in Norfolk Churches

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

Pinner, R.


Text and Context: Author and Audience in John Lydgate’s Life of St Edmund

UEA Repository


Key Research Interests

My primary research interests concern the relationship between literature, context and culture, the construction and dissemination of individual and collective identities, relationships between literature and other cultural artefacts, and literature and place.


External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

This list covers primarily the last 12 months and also includes a small selection of my  forthcoming engagements:

  • Feb. 2015, ‘The Most Beautiful Book? Discovering a Hidden Gem from Medieval East Anglia’, Hethersett History Group

  • Oct. 2014, ‘The Writing on the Wall: A Literary Tour of East Anglian Churches’, a guided tour commissioned by Aylsham Local History Society, 25 paying attendees

  • May 2014, Online launch of The Julian of Norwich Annotated Bibliography

  • Feb. 2014, ‘The Dragon’s Tale: Finding Monsters in Medieval East Anglia’, Norwich HEART dragon festival, presentation to c.30 members of the public, in conjunction with LDC students

  • Nov. 2013, Interviewed on BBC Radio Suffolk about the cult of St Edmund and my forthcoming monograph. I have been invited back when the book is published.

  • Sep. 2013, ‘The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1907’, a talk for CEAS as part of Heritage Open Days, c. 20 attendees

  • 2013-present, Appointed to the Steering Committee of the Centre of East Anglian Studies, UEA

  • 2013-present, Social media co-ordinator for the Centre of East Anglian Studies, UEA

  • Nov. 2013, ‘How to Make Saints and Influence People: Encountering St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia’, Wuffing Education Study Day, Sutton Hoo (Suffolk), c. 25 paying attendees

  • October 2012, 'Writing East Anglia: Literature, Space and Place', Wuffing Education Study Day, Sutton Hoo (Suffolk), c. 20 paying attendees

  • November 2009, 'The Cult of St Edmund in Medieval East Anglia: Images, Texts and Contexts', Wuffing Education Study Day, Sutton Hoo (Suffolk), c. 20 paying attendees

  • Nov. 2010 - One-day medieval workshop for high school students, in collaboration with School of

Administrative Posts

  • 2014-ongoing - Impact Fellow, LDC Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, UEA
  • 2010-11 (Autumn semester) - Disability Representative, LDC UEA
  • 2010-11 - Equal Opportunities Representative, LDC UEA