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 […]

Richard of Chichester: ascetic, vegetarian, and patron saint

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/richard-of-chichester-ascetic-vegetarian-and-patron-saint-1-7734846.] Visitors to (and inhabitants of) Chichester may have walked past the statue of Saint Richard without reading the plaque on the ground near his feet. I know I’ve missed it several times before. It reads: “This statue of St Richard […]