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 […]

Uncovering the history of Arundel Gallery Trail

[This story was originally published in the August 2018 edition of etc magazine.] Emily Jessica Turner speaks to a trail team member who has been exploring the history of the town’s longrunning celebration of creativity The oldest walking art trail in the world, Arundel Gallery Trail celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this […]

Can You Help Discover the History of Patient Creativity at St James’ Hospital?

[This story was published on November 13 by Star & Crescent. Read the original story at starandcrescent.org.uk/2017/11/13/can-you-help-discover-the-history-of-patient-creativity-at-st-james-hospital.] Local writer and historian Emily Turner was inspired by the recent Edward King exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum and is running her own research project exploring the creativity of patients in mental health institutions. She would like to include […]

Blog post: update

Hello hello! It’s been quite a while since I’ve put together an update, so I thought I’d do a wee blog post just talking about everything I’m working on at the moment. This is much more about self-accountability than it is about letting any possible readers of this page know what’s up – I’ve no […]

The Brothers Dalziel, woodpecking and the lost art of Victorian illustration

[This story was published on June 15 in the i. Read the original story at inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/brothers-dalziel-woodpecking-lost-art-victorian-illustration.] William Blake’s visionary engravings, illustrating his famous works, are renowned, influencing how we imagine canonical poems such as “Tiger Tiger”. But after Blake came another Victorian engraving firm, whose artistry is far less well-known, but has been just as potent […]

The researchers revealing the beauty of Victorian wood engraving

[This story was published on June 1 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/the-researchers-revealing-the-beauty-of-victorian-wood-engraving-1-7988381.] [Image: Bethan Stevens and George Mind. Picture credit: mine]   Two researchers from the University of Sussex have been working to bring the beauty of Victorian illustration to a wider audience. Brighton and Hove based duo Bethan […]