Non Fiction

  • Old Water, New Waves: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Feminist Fantasy, Thresholds online magazine, May 2017 (also longlisted for the Thresholds Feature Competition, April 2017)

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf asserts that ‘a woman writing thinks back through her mothers’ – and I had a lot of literary mothers, from Woolf herself to Mary Shelley and Emily Bronte, to more modern exemplars like Angela Carter, Marina Warner and A. S. Byatt. These women writers had so powerfully influenced my idea of good storytelling that it felt almost impossible to begin, and yet I was encouraged by the fact that many of them were subverting and challenging established tropes and conventions, revisiting many of the stories that had come before and rewriting them, oftentimes from a fresh, feminist perspective…(read more)

Based on much of the research I carried out for Bodies of Water, my article looks specifically at the Foundling Hospital and the narratives that were expected of Victorian women who flouted the mores of the day.

 

 

  • Woolf’s Society of Authors: Where Dangerous Women Swim, Dangerous Women Project, IASH, The University of Edinburgh, May 2016

“When you asked me to speak about women and fiction I sat down on the banks of a river and began to wonder what the words meant.”   Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

The connection between water and femininity forms the basis of my contribution to The Dangerous Women Project, an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, designed to explore the idea that women from many historical periods, cultures and areas of contemporary life are portrayed as dangerous. (Read online)

 

  • Cast in Stone: A.S.Byatt’s metamorphic woman. Thresholds online magazine, May 2015 (also shortlisted for the Thresholds Feature Competition, April 2015)

Metamorphosis, as a theme, is found in our most seminal myths and fairy tales. With the mere wave of a wand a maid can become the belle of the ball, a prince can become a frog, and a woman-wronged can become a monster. But this transformative period is often short lived. A spell must be lifted or a curse broken in order for the narrative to move forward. To ensure a happy ending, characters are rarely trapped in this magical state forever. It is the lessons they learn in their altered form that account for their real transformation, allowing them to re-join the narrative as better human beings… (read more)

The Food of Love: Exploring food imagery in Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ and ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’, The English Review, Nov 2016.

The Wolf at the Door: Exploring the Wild Women in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, The English Review, September 2014

A Room of One’s Own – the lonely path of a writer. Horror 101: The Way Forward, Crystal Lake Publishing, April 2014

Looking for Trouble: Mary Butts’ ‘With and Without Buttons’, Thresholds online magazine, May 2014 (also longlisted for the Thresholds Feature Competition, April 2014)

‘With and Without Buttons’ by Mary Butts is a haunting and skilfully structured story that, like its subject matter, proves that the smallest things can often produce big results. It is about gloves, and what you find when you go looking for trouble…(read more)

 

 

Mother of the Gothic: Ann Radcliffe, Emagazine, December 2013

The Weight of Water: A shared feminine experience, The English Review, September 2013

Behind Closed Doors: Forbidden knowledge in Gothic literature, The English Review, April 2013

Women Behaving Badly in The World’s Wife – Delilah, Salome and Medusa, Emagazine, April 2011

Defying the Expectations of Fairytale: Fairytale conventions in Great Expectations, Emagazine, 2011

Fertile Ground for Political Persuasion: Political conflict in Andrew Marvell’s poems, Emagazine, September 2010

A Woman’s Place: Topography and Entrapment in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, Emagazine, April 2010

Her Last Song: Entrapment and Escape in ‘The Lady of Shalott, Emagazine, Feb 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

minine experience, The English Review, September 2013

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