Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome


[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn]

Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer and researcher based in the UK (particularly around Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, and London), and I like knitting and cabaret and folklore and anything vintage.

I’m interested in a pretty diverse range of subjects, and try to write about them all when I get the chance – art, literature, history, medical humanities, politics, feminism, LGBT+ issues, mental health, critical theory, crime and punishment.

This list is pretty long, so I thought it might be helpful to create a little introduction of some of my favourite bits and pieces I’ve worked on over the last few months.

Let me know what you think!

Arts and humanities communication:

Mythic Monsters, Living Fossils and Liminal Spaces: The Essex Serpent

Darwin’s Photography and the Screaming Victorians of Anthony Rhys’s Visual Biofiction

‘Shadows, and Creaks, and Groans’: Re-presenting the past in Crimson Peak

Whatever Happened to Fanny Cornforth?

Desperate Romantics: Will the Real Fanny Cornforth Please Stand Up?

Wise Spiders and Text/Textiles – is craft a radical medium?


Burlesque and Banter in Brighton: Hundred Watt Club review

Old Wives Tales and the Devil: Haunted Histories at Brighton’s Preston Manor

Medicine, Mortality, and Music

Ian Sherman: Outside Artist Has Work Featured in Chichester’s Radical Craft Show

Burlesque, Comedy, Music and a ‘Lipsync Assassin’ – Chichester’s Surprising Cabaret Club

Thompson Hall’s Work Revisits Ideas of Space

‘A Patchwork Quilt of Voices’: Moranifesto Review 

Bouncing off the Walls at Chichester’s KTroo class


Pallant House Gallery celebrates 10 Years of Outside In Art Project

Justice for Joan: Arundel’s Cold Case Revisited in New Book

The Forgotten Story of Shoreham’s Russian Princess

Water Women and Hydropathy in Debut Novel by Chichester Author

Archive of Artists’ Work Discovered in Chichester

‘We Are Villains All’: Novel Published After Artist’s Muse Mystery Solved

Arthouse Meath: Enterprise Strives to Promote Artistic Skills 

Social commentary:

The Forgotten Women of History

Girl Heroes: Inclusion in the Video Game Sphere

You Had Me at Body Horror: Anatomy and the Female Grotesque 

Academic Writing:

Finding the Right Humanities PhD Project For You

Knitting, Lunacy Laws and the Hunt for Patient Publications: Doing a PhD in the Medical Humanities

Current Projects:

I’m also working on a project which is attempting to find and celebrate ‘Patient Publications’. Please check out the poster below for more information, and feel free to circulate it to anyone you think might be interested!


I’m also supporting the #RememberFanny Campaign, a project in which we’re working to create a proper commemoration for the Pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Cornforth to ensure she doesn’t get forgotten. Find out more about the project here: Join Team #RememberFanny!

We have a load of great rewards for those who support the campaign, including badges and signed books. Join the team here: Fanny Cornforth Remembered GoFundMe.



Got a show, project or subject you’d like me to review, report on or write about? Hit me up at ejturner2412@gmail.com or tweet at me @emilyjessturner.

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