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 […]

The Sleep of Reason

Despite Southern Rail’s best attempts, I made it into Brighton today to visit the Drawing Circus’s The Sleep of Reason event, which was held at The Old Market. A theatrical drawing event, The Sleep of Reason was populated by a troupe of models who provided a series of still tableaus. The Drawchestra performed live music […]

Tove Styrke on bringing ‘energy and love’ to her Brighton show

[This story was first published online on the Brighton and Hove Independent website on November 1,  2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/tove-styrke-on-bringing-energy-and-love-to-her-brighton-show-1-8690374.] Performing at Brighton Patterns on Tuesday night, Tove Styrke appears on a stage of roses. Like mood lighting, they change colour from red to blue to green. She’s wearing a wide […]

Sea Girls at Brighton’s The Haunt – lead singer Henry on performing live, collecting vinyl, and where the band’s name comes from

[This story was first published online in the Brighton and Hove Independent website on October 19,  2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/sea-girls-at-brighton-s-the-haunt-lead-singer-henry-on-performing-live-collecting-vinyl-and-where-the-band-s-name-comes-from-1-8677644.] I’ve walked past The Haunt countless times before – even staying in a YHA room directly looking on to it – without really registering the small, dark venue. After visiting on […]

Review: Black Honey returns to Brighton

[This story was first published online in the Brighton and Hove Independent website on October 15,  2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/black-honey-returns-to-brighton-for-concorde-2-gig-1-8669649.] If last night is anything to go by, Black Honey fans go hard. Although this is the Brighton band’s debut album tour, the audience was right there with the four-piece for […]

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 […]

Review: High energy entertainment from Eliza and the Bear at Komedia

[This review was first published on the Brighton and Hove Independent website on August 13, 2018. The original story can be read here: brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/high-energy-entertainment-from-eliza-and-the-bear-at-komedia-1-8599580.] Komedia played host to London-based outfit Eliza and the Bear on Saturday, who brought indie-pop, high energy fun to the venue’s studio room. Indie-rock band Glass Peaks opened the show, followed by […]