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 […]

Conference report and video: Gaming the Gothic, Sheffield

Conference report: Gaming the Gothic, University of Sheffield, Friday, April 13, 2018 [Reports also contributed by TJ Matthews, who can be found on Twitter at @teej_matthews. Panel reports which have been written by TJ are indicated as such next to the panel title.] Held in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, Gaming the […]

Game Plan brings board game history to Novium Museum

[This report was first published online on the Chichester Observer website on March 19, 2018. The original story can be read here: chichester.co.uk/news/game-plan-brings-board-game-history-to-novium-museum-1-8421121.] Ready, steady – roll! The Novium museum’s new exhibition, ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’, has rolled a six, called checkmate, and passed Go. This exhibition, which opened to the public on Saturday, explores the […]

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 […]

Art and Telegraphy at Scrambled Messages’s Victorians Decoded

One of the images currently being exhibited at Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy, the Guildhall Art Gallery’s current exhibition, is a painting by William Lionel Wyllie. Commerce and Sea Power, painted in 1897, shows sailing barges and steam ships engaged in commerce as the battleship HMS Illustrious is bound for fitting-out in the dockyards at […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Girl heroes: inclusion in the video game sphere

[This story was published on April 8 on The F Word blog. Read the original story at thefword.org.uk/2016/04/video-games.] [Image: Two little girls playing on arcade video games; they are both holding steering wheels in front of screens which depict cars on racing tracks. This photograph belongs to Belinda Hankins Miller, is found on Wikipedia and is used […]