A Bloody Shame

Dr Hetta Howes is a Lecturer in English at City University. After studying for her BA and MPhil at the University of Cambridge, she joined Queen Mary in 2012 to begin her doctoral thesis on the role of water as a literary … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, July 16, 2018 - 14:13

What to do in a spiritual emergency

Last month I organized an event on ‘what to do in a spiritual emergency’ –you can see videos of the talks here. Three of my friends spoke bravely and lucidly about their own experiences – psychotherapist and film-maker Anna Beckmann, … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 08:00


Tom Lee recently completed the History of Emotions undergraduate module as part of his history degree at Queen Mary University of London. In this post, the first in a series of contributions by students to the History of Emotions blog, … Continue reading

Posted on: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 14:51

The mystical expatriates and the invention of Californian spirituality

Back in October I went on a 10-day ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian jungle. While there, I picked up a little novel by Christopher Isherwood called A Single Man. I don’t know why I picked up that particular book. Perhaps … Continue reading

Posted on: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 09:21

Blinded or Enlightened by Shame: Shame as a Motif in Julian of Norwich’s Writings

Louise Klinke Øhrstrøm is a Danish author and translator. She has translated Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love from Middle English into Danish (Boedal, 2010) and studied Julian’s texts at University of East Anglia (2011-2013). Many readers may know the 14th-century-mystic and … Continue reading

Posted on: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 15:18

Huautla, hippies and hongos

I’m travelling in Mexico, researching the indigenous culture of magic mushrooms, or hongos as they are called here. Last weekend, I visited Huautla de Jimenez, a town eight hours drive from Mexico City, in the state of Oaxaca. It’s a … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 14:30