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 […]

Tales from the Archive: The ‘Mermaid of Bognor’

[This story was first published online in the Bognor Observer on July 26, 19, 2018. The original story can be read here: bognor.co.uk/news/remembering-the-mermaid-of-bognor-1-8576908.] Did you know that Bognor Regis once had its very own mermaid? An article was published by the Observer in October, 1987, following a woman who took a trip down memory lane by […]

Tales from the Archive: The Seal Road bungalow poltergeist

[This story was published on February 7 in the Observer series. Read the original story at https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-the-seal-road-bungalow-poltergeist-1-8369726.] There were ‘queer things’ happening in Seal Road in February, 1958, reported the Observer. A Selsey bungalow to be let that summer had one extra amenity which was not advertised – a ghost. It had been haunting The Fairings, […]

Remaining wraiths: haunted Waterlooville

I grew up in a town called Waterlooville. Like many people in their mid-twenties, I have not yet made it out alive – although I couldn’t exactly argue that this is case unique to my generation. It’s a quiet town with little history and (arguably) less character, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our […]

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 […]

Satire and people spotting in Victorian Hastings

If you wanted to know the local lowdown in Hastings during the mid 1800s, then the Gossiping Photographer was your man. Francis Frith published his book The Gossiping Photographer at Hastings in 1864, which he both authored and illustrated with his own photographs. The titlepage of the book features several images, including crinoline-clad ladies sitting on the beach at Hastings in front […]

Tales from the Archive: Sea washes up witchcraft box, 1966

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-sea-washes-up-witchcraft-box-1966-1-7733015.] [Image: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in Egyptian setup performing a ritual in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn] A fascinating discovery was made on the beach between Bracklesham and Selsey in 1966. The Observer reported, in its October 21 edition […]