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 […]

Hybrid faiths, occult religions, and esoteric beliefs: a review of Spirit Matters and The Occult Imagination in Britain

I was lucky enough to review two texts on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century spirituality for the British Association of Victorian Studies’ newsletter. They explore how Mesmerism, Spiritualism, occultism, and non-Christian religions such as Buddhism provided means for people from this era to reconcile old faith with the theological and philosophical challenges of modernity. I can […]

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 […]

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 […]