Chichester exhibition showcases radical women artists of early 20th century

One of the leading women modernists of the early 20th century, Jessica Dismorr (1885-1939) used her art to respond to the volatile times in which she lived. Curated by Dr Alicia Foster, the current Pallant House Gallery exhibition ‘Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries’ demonstrates how the painter and poet combined her modern art […]

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 […]

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 […]

Actress, suffragette, princess: the story of the forgotten Russian royal

[This is an updated version of a story produced for the Shoreham Herald.] She was a freedom fighter, celebrated actress and fashion icon, a scandalous royal and a groundbreaking theatre manager – so why is the infamous Lydia Yavorska, the Princess Bariatinsky, virtually unknown today? A dedicated suffragette, Lydia was a humanitarian activist who helped […]

Laurie Penny’s Bitch Doctrine: a review

Laurie Penny’s writing has always struck a chord with me. I’ve followed her columns since my awkward, confused teenage years, into my slightly less awkward but still very confused adulthood, and my copies of Meat Market and Unspeakable Things are covered in pencil marks: underscorings, exclamation marks, questions. Because of this, a number of the […]