I am a freelance writer with bylines at Magnum Photos, CrimeReads, Polygon, AnOther Magazine, FANDOM, Women Write About Comics, SciFi Now, The F Word, Real Crime Magazine, and others. Additionally, I am a contributing editor of MAI Journal: A Journal on Feminist Visual Culture and sometimes lecture in public venues and at academic conferences. In June 2019 I was a speaker at the inaugural Magickal Women’s Conference.
In 2012 I completed a Ph.D. on “Women Surrealists” at the Univesity of Birmingham, and these wonderful women continue to be one of the primary focuses of my work. However, I also love movies, pop culture, comics and superheros. Topics my work broaches, but is not restricted to, includes:
- Women artists, Surrealism, and “unconventional” women.
- Femininity, sexuality, desire, and the female body.
- Masquerade and costume.
- Magic, Witchery and the esoteric
- Movies — everything from Old Hollywood to blockbusters.
- Women superheroes, comics, comic book cinematic adaptations, and TV shows.
Magickal Women’s Conference (June 2019) – Leonor Fini, Fashion Magick Sorceress
Treadwells Bookshop (November 2017) – Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress
Treadwells Bookshop (May 2017) – Leonor Fini, Surrealist Sorceress
Birmingham and Midlands Institute (March 2017) – Emmy Bridgwater and the Birmingham Surrealists
BCU School of Jewellery (March 2017) – Intimate Jewels: Intimate Jewels: Surrealism, Fetish and Fairy Tales
PhD (French Studies), University of Birmingham, 2012
Thesis title: “Women Surrealists: Sexuality, Fetish, Femininity and Female Surrealism”
M.A. (Modern European Cultures), University of Birmingham, 2007
Dissertation Title: “Surreal Women: Fetishism and Gender in the Work of Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim and Elsa Schiaparelli”