Rattling skeletons and cursed daughters: a weekend in Prague

Over the weekend I travelled the furthest away from home I’ve ever been, spending two days in Prague. I took three cameras and a pair of walking boots with me, and came back with blisters and very, very many photographs of architecture. I love architecture, and Prague is an ideal place to make pictures of […]

A review of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful And Things Strange

Adam Scovell’s Folk Horror is an excellent primer on the cultural mode, as manifested in fiction, film, music and television. Not only does it offer an accessible introduction to  those new to the discourse around folk horror, but it should also interest those who are au fait with the subgenre: it offers much depth of analysis […]

At the violet hour, the landscape tells its tales

Narrative and nature go hand in hand. We’ve used stories to make sense of the world around us, to feel control over the uncontrollable, the inexplicable. To experience a connection, or to delight in an uncanny disconnect. The trees bear witness, the waters offer chances anew. Who is standing on the other side of that […]

The Sleep of Reason

Despite Southern Rail’s best attempts, I made it into Brighton today to visit the Drawing Circus’s The Sleep of Reason event, which was held at The Old Market. A theatrical drawing event, The Sleep of Reason was populated by a troupe of models who provided a series of still tableaus. The Drawchestra performed live music […]

Tove Styrke on bringing ‘energy and love’ to her Brighton show

[This story was first published online on the Brighton and Hove Independent website on November 1,  2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/tove-styrke-on-bringing-energy-and-love-to-her-brighton-show-1-8690374.] Performing at Brighton Patterns on Tuesday night, Tove Styrke appears on a stage of roses. Like mood lighting, they change colour from red to blue to green. She’s wearing a wide […]

Review: Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature

[This story was first published on The British Society for Literature and Science website. The original post can be read here: bsls.ac.uk/reviews/romantic-and-victorian/alex-tankard-tuberculosis-and-disabled-identity-in-nineteenth-century-literature-invalid-lives.] Alex Tankard, Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid Lives (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2018) ix + 238 pp. £62.99 PDF & EPUB, £79.00 Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-71445-5 Alex Tankard’s Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid […]