Kirsty Stonell Walker





  • Stunning Cookery!

    Stunning Cookery!

    I feel I should be doing this post in high heels, trotting around my tasteful kitchen, making saucy puns about basting and the size of my copper pans, but... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2018 CULTURE
  • Let's Not Go to Hanging Rock...

    Let's Hanging Rock...

    As I am typing this, I am aware of the irony that I am about to tell you all about picnics whilst it is raining hard. Actual proper sky water (as my daughter... Read more

    Posted on 29 July 2018 CULTURE
  • From Fun to Nun...

    From Nun...

    "It has been a wonderful life. It passed through many dark places but there was always light enough to walk by and now, thank God, He is bringing me to the... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2018 CULTURE
  • Review: Beyond Ophelia: A Celebration of Lizzie Siddal, Artist and Poet

    Review: Beyond Ophelia: Celebration Lizzie Siddal, Artist Poet

    Yesterday I had an utterly splendid time visiting the Midlands, popping into Cadbury World (the happiest place on earth with a scrummy shop), Birmingham (with... Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2018 CULTURE
  • Mistress of None

    Mistress None

    Hello again and apologies for the brief break in service. I have been busy at work on my book about Pre-Raphaelite women, due out at in the Autumn (and availabl... Read more

    Posted on 26 March 2018 CULTURE
  • Review: Victorian Giants

    Review: Victorian Giants

    I love the National Portrait Gallery. I don't think I have ever been to an exhibition there that I didn't adore or that they didn't do exceptionally well. Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2018 CULTURE
  • Never the Bridesmaid

    Never Bridesmaid

    Today marks the death of Fanny Cornforth in 1909 and so I'd thought I'd display my utter Fanny-centricness (completely a word and possibly a euphemism) with... Read more

    Posted on 24 February 2018 CULTURE
  • Support Your Local Girl Gang!

    Support Your Local Girl Gang!

    Some of you who are on Facebook will have noticed an announcement yesterday which I am very excited about. I have another book coming out! Huzzah! Read more

    Posted on 16 February 2018 CULTURE
  • In a Spin


    I'm recovering from a weekend of fun at the Weald and Downland Museum in Sussex where I spent two days learning how to spin. Now, this might not be quite the... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2018 CULTURE
  • Oh, Manchester...


    Unless you have been blissfully disconnected from social media over the last few days you will have no doubt heard the outrage over the absence of a certain... Read more

    Posted on 02 February 2018 CULTURE
  • Noel Laura Nisbet

    Noel Laura Nisbet

    It is undeniable that there are loads of very deserving Victorian artists who we just don't know enough about. Actually, there are loads of artists who there... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2018 CULTURE
  • William Maw Egley

    William Egley

    Today's post is borne out of my desire to know more about a painter with whom I am familiar but I know practically nothing about. Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2018 CULTURE
  • Review: Helen Allingham

    Review: Helen Allingham

    Much delayed due to Blogvent, here is my review of the current exhibition on at the Watts Gallery, 'Helen Allingham', the first major retrospective of this... Read more

    Posted on 29 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Sunday 24th December: The Angel Visits the Marys of Freshwater

    Sunday 24th December: Angel Visits Marys Freshwater

    No-one had warned him that walking in Freshwater left one at the mercy of sudden interruption and near-abduction, especially if your face was pleasing. Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Saturday 23rd December: Mary

    Saturday 23rd December: Mary

    Goodness me, we are very almost there and tomorrow I will be delivering to you a Christmas-y story, apparently. So here is the last of the Virgin-vent images... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Friday 22nd December: The Virgin with a Kiss

    Friday 22nd December: Virgin with Kiss

    I can't say I'm looking forward to today's tasks. I have to do the food shopping which is always a scrum but as I am a vegetarian it will involve a lot of... Read more

    Posted on 22 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Thursday 21st December: Holy Night

    Thursday 21st December: Holy Night

    Today is the shortest day of the year in terms of actual daylight, but as I don't have to go to work today I will be spending most of it in my fox pajamas... Read more

    Posted on 21 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Wednesday 20th December: The Adoration of the Shepherds

    Wednesday 20th December: Adoration Shepherds

    Blimey, we really are on the last few now! It's my last day at work today, and Lily's last day at school for this year and so I'll be glad when I don't have to... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Tuesday 19th December: The Nativity

    Tuesday 19th December: Nativity

    It's so dark this morning, it's ridiculous. Roll on the shortest day because although I'm not a fan of the summer, I would appreciate actually seeing some... Read more

    Posted on 19 December 2017 CULTURE
  • Monday 18th December: Arrival at Bethlehem

    Monday 18th December: Arrival Bethlehem

    Here we are then, just a week from the big day! My cold is on the wane so I am slathering on 'Happinose' (a sort of menthol paraffin wax with geranium oil in it... Read more

    Posted on 18 December 2017 CULTURE