Around the world with George

[This story was originally published in the August 2018 edition of etc magazine. A PDF version of the article is available at the bottom of this blog post.] Emily Jessica Turner meets a Midhurst writer who has penned a memoir about her travels around the world ‘Planning my trip, I breezily muttered: ‘huh, travelling solo […]

Tales from the Archive: The ‘Mermaid of Bognor’

[This story was first published online in the Bognor Observer on July 26, 19, 2018. The original story can be read here: bognor.co.uk/news/remembering-the-mermaid-of-bognor-1-8576908.] Did you know that Bognor Regis once had its very own mermaid? An article was published by the Observer in October, 1987, following a woman who took a trip down memory lane by […]

A review of Social Creature

In the tradition of the Victorian gothic tale, Social Creature is a novel of uncanny doubling. Duality runs throughout Dr Tara Isabella Burton’s debut novel, from the protagonist’s champagne-fuelled ‘seeing double’ to the ubiquitous smartphones which replicate hand mirrors and capture the glamour of every social outing. Social Creature begins as Louise Wilson, a girl […]

Creating in the community – meet Shoreham Art Gallery’s curator

Emily Jessica Turner talks to the curator of Shoreham Art Gallery, a arts space with strong links to the community [This story was originally published in the July 2018 edition of etc magazine.] Starting with a creative vision and evolving into a community space run by a collective of 24 local artists, Shoreham Art Gallery […]

A review of Hallows Fell

Thom Burgess’s latest graphic novel and his third supernatural tale of horror Hallows Fell follows businessman Simon as he travels through the Kent countryside to reach his fiancée’s family party. Lost in the ancient woodland, he takes a flower from a memorial to placate wife-to-be Margi and is met by a veiled woman, whose white […]

A review of The Snow Witch

Somewhere between a creative reimagining of the archetypal fairy tale ice queen, a plunge into cross-cultural mythologies, and an exploration of the spectrum of humanity – from the lifeforce we steal when we inflict harm on others, to the worlds we can manifest through the stroke of a violin string – sits The Snow Witch. […]

Lives, Loves, Letters

Five women uncover a house’s fascinating past through a family’s letters. Emily Jessica Turner finds out more [This story was originally published in the May 2018 edition of etc magazine.] “We never imagined we could do something like this,” says Janine Harvey. The Steyning based typist is a member of a five-strong team of ladies, […]