Having qualified as a primary school teacher and taught for a few years I decided that I would come back to college and try my hand at Medieval and Renaissance English (a love of mine throughout my entire undergraduate experience ). I completed my Masters in 2010, completing a thesis based on the presence and importance of pilgrimage in Middle English literature. I then began to think about returning to continue my research on literary pilgrimage and decided that I would examine the the link between family and pilgrimage in Middle English literature. I am currently half way through my first year and enjoying every minute of it. At this moment in time I am examining advice and courtsey literature, its role in a familial sense and the how pilgrimage is portrayed in such works. I would also like to acknowledge that my research is currently funded by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Research Scholarship Scheme.