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 […]

Paris, lilac and teal

Pals, I’m sorry I haven’t been around much recently. Good old mental illness has truly been kicking me in the arse for a while, but I’m working on it. I’m hanging on. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some photographs with you. I took my mam to Paris for a few days. She’s not […]

Rattling skeletons and cursed daughters: a weekend in Prague

Over the weekend I travelled the furthest away from home I’ve ever been, spending two days in Prague. I took three cameras and a pair of walking boots with me, and came back with blisters and very, very many photographs of architecture. I love architecture, and Prague is an ideal place to make pictures of […]

At the violet hour, the landscape tells its tales

Narrative and nature go hand in hand. We’ve used stories to make sense of the world around us, to feel control over the uncontrollable, the inexplicable. To experience a connection, or to delight in an uncanny disconnect. The trees bear witness, the waters offer chances anew. Who is standing on the other side of that […]

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 […]

Around the world with George

[This story was originally published in the August 2018 edition of etc magazine. A PDF version of the article is available at the bottom of this blog post.] Emily Jessica Turner meets a Midhurst writer who has penned a memoir about her travels around the world ‘Planning my trip, I breezily muttered: ‘huh, travelling solo […]

Hidden histories and family drama: a review of Loves, Lives, and Letters

[This story was published on July 24, 2018, on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/hidden-histories-and-family-drama-review-of-lives-loves-and-letters.] – Lives, Loves and Letters: The Goring Family of Wiston, Sussex, 1743-1905 is a book with a peculiar origin story. The publication came about following the discovery of a wooden box, labelled Wiston Estate, containing nearly 400 letters, […]