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 […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Burlesque and banter in Brighton: Hundred Watt Club review

[This story was published on November 11 on the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at sussexexpress.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/review-banter-burlesque-and-magic-at-lena-mae-s-risque-variety-show-1-7673912.] Old-school mischief and timeless raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Lena Mae Lenman’s variety and burlesque cabaret is always a crowd-pleaser – the November 5 show was the second Club I’ve attended this year and I’m […]

Burlesque, comedy, music, and a ‘lipsync assassin’: Chichester’s suprising Cabaret Club

[This story was published on March 30 in the West Sussex Gazette. Read the original story at westsussextoday.co.uk/news/county-news/burlesque-comedy-music-and-a-lipsync-assassin-1-7302806.] [Image: Dawn Gracie performs at the Chichester Cabaret Club.] Raunchy, rowdy, rambunctious – not words that you’d usually associate with Chichester on a Saturday night! Recently, I went along to Dawn Gracie’s Chichester Cabaret Club event, which […]