Emily Midorikawa is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a recipient of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts for her work on A Secret Sisterhood, a runner-up in the SI Leeds Literary Prize, judged by Margaret Busby and also the Yeovil Literary Prize, judged by Tracy Chevalier.

Between 2014 and 2020, Emily and her Secret Sisterhood co-author, Emma Claire Sweeney, wrote regular pieces about female literary friendship for their blog Something Rhymed. To read these posts, click here.



Select journalism, memoir and short fiction:


Shepherd, ‘The Best Books that Sing the Praises of Unsung Women’


Aspects of History, Georgina Weldon: Victorian Visionary

Books By Women, ‘On Writing and Early Motherhood’

Crime Reads, ‘From Victorian Mediums to Anti-Spiritualism Activists: The legendary Fox sisters’

Literary Hub, ‘How Do You Write a Biography Filled With Unreliable Witnesses?’ (extract from Out of the Shadows)

Literary Hub, ‘The “Mystic Inklings” and Savvy Business Acumen of Victoria Woodhull’ (extract from Out of the Shadows)

UEA New Writing, ‘Seen and Not Heard’ (extract from Out of the Shadows)


The Good Journal, ‘White Orchids’ (short story)

Senate House Library blog, ‘Spiritual Awakening or Death-Blow to Spiritualism?’


BBC HistoryExtra, ‘From Austen & Brontë to Woolf: literature’s forgotten female friendships’

Daily Telegraph, ‘How Jane Austen’s Mystery Woman was Edited Out of History’

i newspaper, ‘The Secret Sisterhood of Women Writers, from Austen to Woolf’

Irish Times, ‘The Female Friendships That Sustained Four Great Writers’

Irish Independent, ‘Written Out of History – the secret literary sisterhood’

Lapham’s Quarterly, ‘Voices in Time: Eavesdropping on the Austens’

Literary Hub, ‘Little-Known Friendships of Iconic Female Writers’

The Millions, ‘Behind Every Great Woman Writer is Another Great Woman’

Paris Review, ‘Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, and the Benefits of Jealous Friends’

TIME.com‘The Famous Women Writers Whose Friendships We’ve Forgotten’

Washington Post, ‘Jane Austen: A role model for the #MeToo generation’


Independent on Sunday, ‘Feminist Writers’ Friendships: feel the fear and do it anyway’

Tangled Roots anthology, ‘The Memory Album’ (short memoir)


The Times, ‘The Orange Prize: how female writers are doing it for themselves’