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 […]

Actress, suffragette, princess: the story of the forgotten Russian royal

[This is an updated version of a story produced for the Shoreham Herald.] She was a freedom fighter, celebrated actress and fashion icon, a scandalous royal and a groundbreaking theatre manager – so why is the infamous Lydia Yavorska, the Princess Bariatinsky, virtually unknown today? A dedicated suffragette, Lydia was a humanitarian activist who helped […]

Review: Pleasures abound in picture-book opera Pygmalion

Following their outstanding performance of Medicine and Mortality at last year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF), Ensemble Molière has returned to one of the city’s stages with another creative and highly accomplished offering. Following a successful fundraising campaign, Ensemble Molière has developed Rameau’s 1748 opera Pygmalion, taking the classical tale of a sculptor who falls […]

Edward King: patient artist

Yesterday, I visited Portsmouth Museum. I grew up in the area and still live nearby, so I’ve spent many an hour meandering through its galleries. After a particularly dreadful mental health dip, my mother (and fellow history/art enthusiast) shepherded me back down to check out the museum’s current temporary exhibition, which focuses on the work […]

Blog post: update

Hello hello! It’s been quite a while since I’ve put together an update, so I thought I’d do a wee blog post just talking about everything I’m working on at the moment. This is much more about self-accountability than it is about letting any possible readers of this page know what’s up – I’ve no […]

100 Years of Queer British Art, from Fin de Siècle Aesthetics to Performative Dandyism

[This story was published on May 12 on Hyperallergic. Read the original story at hyperallergic.com/378110/100-years-of-queer-british-art-from-fin-de-siecle-aesthetics-to-performative-dandyism.] Although Tate Britain’s survey is a strong attempt to represent queer experiences, certain gaps emerge in the narrative. Simeon Solomon, “Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene” (1864) (all images courtesy of Tate Photography) LONDON — Showcasing the diverse story […]