Darwin, Photography, and the ‘Screaming Victorians’ of Anthony Rhys’s Visual Biofiction

Or; Whose Biofiction is it Anyway? [This story was published on September 23 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/neo-victorian-review-darwin-photography-and-the-screaming-victorians-of-anthony-rhyss-visual-biofiction-or-whose-biofiction-is-it-anyway/.] [Image: Asylum Feeding, by Anthony Rhys. Reproduced with kind permission of the artist.] If you attended the BAVS conference held in Cardiff earlier this year, you may have had time to explore the […]

Water women and hydropathy: Debut novel by Chichester author

[This story was published on March 24 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/water-women-and-hydropathy-in-new-novel-1-7293660.] [Image: V.H. Leslie] Victoria Leslie, who writes under the name V.H. Leslie, is currently studying for a PhD in nineteenth century representations of water women, and will be releasing her novel, ‘Bodies of Water’, later this year. Bodies […]

A ‘patchwork quilt of voices’: Moranifesto review

[This story was published on March 16 in the West Sussex Gazette. Read the original story at westsussextoday.co.uk/news/county-news/a-patchwork-quilt-of-voices-caitlin-moran-review-1-7279568.] Recently, I attended the opening day of the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre in London. As the evening crowds arrived for the launch of journalist Caitlin Moran’s latest book, Moranifesto, there was a considerable […]

Wise spiders and text/textiles: is craft a radical medium?

[Image: A ‘Jean Dubuffet Workshop’ was among the exhibits presented in the Step Up Showcase held recently at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Taking inspiration from the Dubuffet works on display in Pallant House Gallery, this interactive piece, which is based on a Step Up workshop developed by artist Lynne Firmager, invites visitors to explore Dubuffet’s […]