New publication: Pretty Sparkie! – (Re)presenting an Animal Celebrity

For anyone interested in the representation of working class identity in the North East, and/or the cultural identity of natural history specimens, I have written an article for this recently published book concerning the social history of Sparkie the Budgie from the former Hancock Museum, (now Great North Museum: Hancock), UK. The publication can be purchased in digital and printed formats here, huzzah!

…favorite animal representations

I have been thinking about featuring some of my favorite animal representations, the things that I have laying about the house and refuse to get rid of. Simple, but wonderful. See John Berger’s seminal essay: Why look at Animals? (1977) – Always a source of inspiration, despite its age.