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 Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful And Things Strange

Adam Scovell’s Folk Horror is an excellent primer on the cultural mode, as manifested in fiction, film, music and television. Not only does it offer an accessible introduction to  those new to the discourse around folk horror, but it should also interest those who are au fait with the subgenre: it offers much depth of analysis […]

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 […]

Gilbert & George exhibition opens in Brighton

[This report was first published online on the Brighton and Hove Independent website on April 28, 2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/gilbert-george-exhibition-opens-in-brighton-1-8479439] A new exhibition showcasing the work of a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership has opened today at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. ‘ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert & George’ features a number of works […]

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 […]