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Interview on Bi.Org

'Meet Esmé James, TikTok’s Favorite Sex Historian.' December 4th, 2021

“... One of those creators is Esmé James, the creator of Kinky History, a wildly popular channel covering sexual world history in a funny, inclusive, and thoroughly researched way.”

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Feature in Culture Colectiva

'Kinky History: the steamist novels that will make you blush, 3rd Feb 2022

“Esmé Louise James, an Australian writer, and tiktoker that explores the kinky side of history enlisted the steamiest books in history.”

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Radio Interview on 2ser: 107.3 

Where Maths Meets Sex! Australian Doco Series ‘All About the Base’, 28th Jan 2022

"Mother-daughter duo Dr Susan James and Esmé James will combine their respective expertise to explore Australian society behind closed doors and between the sheets."

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Feature by BuzzFeed UK

Creator Spotlight: esme.louisee, November 15th, 2021

"The writer of the Little Mermaid did what?! Follow @esme_louisee for more kinky facts from history."

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Feature in New Daily

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' brings Melbourne back to Life, December 4th, 2021

"Esme Louise James, tells me, 'I don’t really have the words, it was just the best way to get back into being out and about and out of lockdown'."

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Feature in Daily Dot

'Ancient Rome isn’t real’: This TikTok conspiracy theory is infuriating historians, November 29th, 2021

"Right now, HistoryTok is full of academics satirically mourning the end of their careers because Ancient Rome Isn’t Real—and people generally making fun of the drama."

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Interview on Two Girls One Mic - the Porncast

Kinky History, Ep. 149, November 19th, 2021

"Alice & Natalia are joined by Kink Historian, Esme Louis James (@esme_louisee)! The trio discuss inflatable tits, are koalas stupid, Buckingham Palace's gay brothel, gay animals, multiple genders, Romans & sex work, impotency trials, the war on low rise jeans, Mozfart, scatology, and more!"

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Media Release Screen Australia

SCREEN AUSTRALIA, NZ ON AIR AND TIKTOK ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF EVERY VOICE INITIATIVE, November 15th, 2021

"Every Voice, the first joint initiative between Screen Australia, NZ On Air and TikTok, aims to help a new generation of online storytellers expand their vision and ambition, and will cultivate original Australian and New Zealand content that resonates with global online audiences."

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Feature in The Age

Melbourne City council urges young buyers to snap up a bargain, October 17, 2021

"24-year-old Esmé James is keen to claim her own part of Melbourne’s CBD while apartment prices stay low."

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Public Workshop: Visual Storytelling

October 6th, 2021

Alongside Melbourne content creator and educator, Julian O'Shea, Esmé James hosted a workshop night for the Wattle Fellowship students at the University Melbourne on the tricks of Visual Storytelling in the page of social media. This event was funded by the State Library of Victoria's Alchemy Program. 

Interview with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

Befriending the Baha Men over Zoom during Melbourne's COVID lockdowns, September 18, 2021

"As told by Nicolas Muniz-Saavedra and Esme James to ABC journalist Peter Lusted"

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Interview with 7 News, 9 News, and 10 News

Police probe Melbourne apartment complex flood after fire hydrants 'maliciously' switched on,  27th August, 2021

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Speaker at Australian Triennial Literary Studies Convention

Text and their Limits, hosted by Victoria University (July 2021)

“Gender and Literature” panelist

Paper: "Defining Women’s Tradition and their Collective Talent in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.”

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Speaker at Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference

RESILIENCE. RENEWAL. RECOVERY, hosted by the University of York and the University of Melbourne (July 2021)

“Rakes and Rehabilitation: Re-examining Sexuality” panelist

Paper: “Ambiguity, Androgyny, and Aesthetics: Homoerotic Excess in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.”

Feature in The Herald Sun

FOMO Fridays: Get Back to Melbourne!, 3rd May, 2021

"Esme James enjoys some sweet styling from Rachel Morrison."

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Podcast Interview on NoTheory

Monash Radio, 21st March, 2021

"We’re very excited about today’s guest Esmé James! As a published writer, PhD candidate and TikTok star, Esmé’s areas of expertise seem endless. We plan to pick her brain on creative processes, the publishing industry, and of course, her saucy TikTok series ‘Kinky History’"

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Listed in the Top 30 Emerging Writers by SBS Australia

October 30th, 2020

"SBS is proud to announce the release of Roots: Home is Who We Are in partnership with publisher Hardie Grant Books. The 240-page anthology features the works of the top 30 writers from the SBS 2020 Emerging Writers' Competition."

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Interview on Mojo News

Anger Over Aggressive US Abortion Laws Spill Onto Melbourne Streets, 2nd June 2019

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Feature in The West Corner

Autism Awareness Through Fiction, 18th April, 2018

“Today we’re taking a look at Honeyflower and Pansy written by author Esmé James. The autistic character in this book is a secondary character who plays an important role in the story.”

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Feature in Quintessentially Quilly

5th October, 2015

"Honeyflower And Pansy is the debut novel of Esmé James.  The story is billed as a teenage romance, but it is really so very much more. Despite the fact that the story’s author is only 18 years old, Honeyflower And Pansy is an emotional and satisfying read."

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Interview in the Pakenham Gazette

Esme Pens Book Deal,  23rd November 2014

"A 17-YEAR-OLD Beaconsfield student’s passion has helped her achieve a goal many writers spend a lifetime trying for."

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