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 Living and the Dead: Psychographs, Celestial Telegraphers and Kodak Girls

[This story was published on November 18 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-psychographs-celestial-telegraphers-and-kodak-girls.] Haunted landscapes characterise the worlds within the medium of folk horror, creating fictional spaces in which pagan tradition collides with Christian demonology. The narrative of the BBC’s recent series The Living and the Dead exists within this creative environment, […]

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

[This story was published on October 14 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/neo-victorian-review-mythic-monsters-living-fossils-and-liminal-spaces-the-essex-serpent.] In late September of this year, I was lucky enough to hear Sarah Perry reflect on her second novel, The Essex Serpent, at an evening event held at Royal Holloway. With wit and humour, Perry discussed her process […]

Historic Chapel is set to be ‘transformed’

[This story was published on May 12 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/chapel-is-set-to-be-transformed-1-7378511] [Image: Johnston Press] Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) is to transform Graylingwell Chapel into a ‘multi­purpose community space’ this year. CCDT, an organisation which supports the Chichester community through projects that create opportunities and by helping residents to develop […]

Tales from the Archive: Lamp Lost for 46 Years

This story was published on May 5 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at bognor.co.uk/news/local/lamp-lost-for-46-years-is-found-in-petworth-1-7365016] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] A chance visit to a Petworth antiques market in 1979 resulted in a woman finding her father’s long lost lamp. The old Welsh miner’s lamp made a marvellous present for Mrs Rhonda […]

Bodies of Water: Interview with V.H. Leslie

Have you had a look at my Chichester Observer article about local author V.H. Leslie’s debut novel, Bodies of Water? Have a look at the full interview with the author here… You’ve got your book coming out in May – could you tell us a bit about it? What’s it about, and how did it come […]