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Marla: Notes on Daddy’s Boy

by Esther Draycott


Marla: Notes on Daddy’s Boy

Esther Draycott is a writer, based in Glasgow, interested in experimental historiography and reparative criticism. Having graduated from University College London with a BA in History, she recently completed an MLitt in Art Writing at Glasgow School of Art. There she wrote a book, The Collector, exploring the losses, manipulations and repressions of marginalised histories held within bourgeois interiors and Western practices of collecting, which won a Yellow Paper Prize for Art Writing. Her other published writing includes 1979: women’s style in four objects (The Yellow Paper, 2019), exploring second-wave feminist fashion as a critical ontology, and SKIRTS (Glasgow, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, upcoming), considering the erotics of inter- and post-war Glasgow street photography. This year she will begin a PhD at Glasgow School of Art, the University of Glasgow and National Galleries Scotland, funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. It will draw on central concepts within Black performance theory and queer feminism to consider working-class women’s style as a form of citation in late 1970s and early 1980s Glasgow.