While living and working in London in the 1990s, I took a holiday in Egypt for a couple of weeks. On returning home, I immediately enrolled in a series of evening classes in Egyptology at Birkbeck College. After completing these, I applied to study at degree level at The University of Liverpool. I arrived in 1999, completed the degree, and then MA and PhD levels thanks to AHRC awards. On completion of my doctorate I was awarded a one-year lectureship in Swansea University (2008-2009). At the end of the Swansea lectureship, I returned to Liverpool as a permanent member of the Egyptology team.