About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

The Other Screen

[This story was originally published in the October 2018 edition of etc magazine. A PDF version of the article is available at the bottom of this blog post.] Meet the Brighton artist who is inviting filmgoers to challenge cinematic representations of disability. Emily Jessica Turner learns more “What really spurred me on to do this was […]

A Review of Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl

Content warning for both Ford’s book and this review: sexual violence, rape culture, eating disorders, and mental health issues. Note: Fight Like A Girl was originally printed in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2016, and was published by Oneworld Publications for the UK on August 2, and will be published in the US on […]

Film screenings set to explore representations of disability

[This review was first published online on the Brighton and Hove Independent website. The original story can be read at westsussextoday.co.uk/news/film-screenings-set-to-explore-representations-of-disability-1-8403439.] A new series of film screenings is set to discuss, challenge, and illuminate perceptions of disability. Brighton based artist Kyla Harris, in partnership with Fabrica, will be presenting ‘The Other Screen’ at the gallery on […]

Gender Journeys: Brighton showcases Museum of Transology

[This story was published on July 27 by etc Magazine. Read the original story at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=f4d0df61-a140-46e1-a41b-c475c60ac72a&pnum=84.] Celebrating hope, ambition, and determination, an important exhibition is set to showcase the experiences of trans people living in the UK. Launching Be Bold, a series of collaborative events and exhibitions to be held in Brighton this summer, the acclaimed […]

The Hairpin Drop: The Radical Origins of Pride in the UK

[This story was published on July 9 on Novara Media. Read the original story at novaramedia.com/2017/07/09/the-hairpin-drop-the-radical-origins-of-pride-in-the-uk.] [Image: GLF sit-in at West London pub that refused to serve LGBT people. October, 1971. Credit: Peter Tatchell.] In an age where queer heritage is sanitised and commodified by those who stand to profit off a co-opted, revisionist tale, it is crucial […]