RECENT WRITING

Latest Work

I've written features, reviews and opinion pieces for publications such as the Guardian, Granta, The Bookseller, LA Review of Books, Elephant, Garage and Artsy.  Commission me

For The Bookseller I wrote on the financial realities of being a writer in 2020, speaking to two authors on how they afford to create while keeping the lights on.

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For Granta's end of year 'best books' feature, I wrote about Magda Szabó's The Door, spirituality, faith and food. 

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I went to Oslo to interview one of Norway's foremost authors, Vigdis Hjorth, whose novel Will and Testament has been published in English for the first time by Verso. We spoke about philosophy, the Norwegian literary tradition and fiction vs. reality for the LA Review of Books.

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For the Guardian I explored Shakespeare & Company's status as a bookshop, tourist trap and literary mecca, for its hundred-year anniversary. 

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For Port Magazine I wrote on Dawson's Heights, a modernist housing estate in south-east London, focusing on its radical architecture and politics.

Image: Sadie Catt

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I was commissioned by Elephant magazine to interview Jarman-Award-nominated artist Imran Perretta. We talked about way his works interrogate society, the political culture of their manufacture and his artistic influences.

Image: the destructors, Imran Perretta (2019)

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I was asked by Artsy to write on the queer potentials of the painting Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of Her Sisters. In it I explored how we talk about historical representations of queerness in a modern context.

Image: Musée du Louvre

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For Granta I wrote a lyrical essay on misogyny, the demonisation of women throughout history, the #MeToo movement, vagina dentata, Lorena Bobbitt, and the dream of being able to fight back.

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For Elephant magazine I examined the recent spate of retrospectives focusing on the seminal gay artists of the 1980s, and questioned the line between celebration and sanitisation. 

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I wrote on Robyn's new album, Honey, queerness, and the euphoria of the dancefloor. 

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In honour of Tate Modern's landmark retrospective, I wrote for Artsy on Pierre Bonnard and Edward Vuillard and their use of colour to signal domesticity.

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For Vice, I wondered how and why Steve Coogan has become a sex symbol for Millennials. 

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For Garage Magazine I wrote on fashion's love affair with the Big Pink Dress, featuring Killing Eve, Rihanna and the 2019 Oscar's. 

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I was commissioned by Unseen Platform to explore the themes of intimacy and distance in the photographs of Celine Bodin, Randa Mirza & Lara Tabet and Chloe Rosser.

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For Artsy I wrote about essentialism and feminism in the works of 1970s artist Hannah Wilke, and how critics have begun to reappraise her legacy.

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For Autostraddle I wrote about one of my favourite authors, Tove Jansson, and how her queerness influenced her writing and art. This piece gained over 400 retweets and 1.2k likes on Twitter.

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For Artsy I wrote about up-and-coming photographer Tabitha Barnard's images of her teenage sisters, focusing on their synthesis of violence and tenderness.

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For 3:am Magazine I wrote on Derek Jarman and Rachel Carson. In the article I examined how queer writers can see the sea as a form of refuge or a place of freedom.

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