I'm Terri, a writer and researcher
living in London

My book British Boarding Houses in Interwar Women’s Literature:
Alternative Domestic Spaces
is now available in paperback.

About Me

I am the author of British Boarding Houses in Interwar Women’s Literature: Alternative Domestic Spaces (2017) and co-editor of Spatial Perspectives: Essays on Literature and Architecture (2015). I have also published articles on the writers Jean Rhys, Dorothy Richardson, and May Sinclair.

My research interests are in women’s writing, modernism, and critical and cultural theory. I am fascinated by the history of domesticity and the forgotten stories of women’s experiences and I’m particularly obsessed by the influence different spaces and places have on their inhabitants.

I received my MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London and my doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

I have taught Critical Theory and Modernism for the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and lectured on women’s writing and modernism.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

When I’m not writing I can be found running, doing yoga, or curled up with a cat and a good book.

‘Terri Mullholland’s engaging and rigorous study of the boarding house in fiction by women between the wars reveals “the complexity of domestic ideology in relation to women’s lives”. […] Single women’s living arrangements represent a microcosm of the tension between restrictive and progressive mores throughout the interwar period, and this excellent and expansive study teases out the frustrating paradoxes to be negotiated by women both in fiction and reality.’

Francesca Wade, Times Literary Supplement, 9 December 2016

‘This monograph makes an important intervention into scholarly fields that have stressed the interrelations of gender and public and private space under industrial modernity. Mullholland draws impressively and convincingly on historical data and spatial theory to illuminate the way in which interwar women’s literature became a primary means of thinking about a profound set of social changes. […] Mullholland’s extensively researched book should become an essential text for anyone interested in interwar literature, women’s writing or the study of social space.’

Adam Guy, Women: A Cultural Review, 28:3 (2017)

‘The boarding house was a queer, liminal space, productive and dynamic: connected to other generative spaces in the city and, as Mullholland shows, beyond the city and beyond Europe, linking the imperial metropolis with its colonies. The humble single room was part of a network that enabled new forms of social and sexual relations. It is no wonder that it features in so many novels and short stories of the early twentieth century.’

Terri Mullholland and Nicole Sierra, eds,
'Spatial Perspectives: Essays on Literature and Architecture'
(Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015)


‘Architecture, Environment, and “Scenic Effect” in May Sinclair’s The Divine Fire’
in Rebecca Bowler and Claire Drewery, eds, May Sinclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)

Book Reviews

‘Hotel Narratives', review of Emma Short, Mobility and the Hotel in Modern Literature: Passing Through, in Women: A Cultural Review, 31:3 (December 2020)

‘Reading Rooms', review of Suzana Zink, Virginia Woolf’s Rooms and the Spaces of Modernity, in Women: A Cultural Review, 30:4 (December 2019)


Interviewed about my story 'Counting the Steps' for the Full House Literary Magazine Podcast (S1, Ep13):
Interviews with our Hearts writers

I was interviewed with the poet Siân Thomas for the Oxford Brookes University Poetry Centre podcast series, discussing our creative/critical dialogue:


Below is a selection of my flash fiction and short story publications:

Gravel Estate, The Sirens Call EZine (Issue 54: Summer 2021) - July 2021

Dancing with the Goblins, Tether's End Magazine (Issue 2: Folklore) - June 2021

Passing on the Parcel, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal (Volume 21: Issue 2) - June 2021

Counting the Steps, Full House Literary Journal (Issue 3: Hearts) - May 2021

Vulpine, Severine Literary Journal - May 2021

Present and Correct, Every Day Fiction - April 2021

String Theory, Six Sentences - March 2021

Calendar Time, Flash Fiction Magazine - December 2020

Glue, Litro Magazine US - November 2020

Red Riding Hood III - April 2010


“As a proofreader and editor Terri brought clarity and insight to my doctoral thesis: a project that was comprised of both critical and creative writing. She has a remarkable eye for both the strengths and weaknesses of a piece of work; she respects and encourages style and originality, but also helps reign in one's wilder impulses; and she has a remarkable and intuitive sense of structure. I particularly appreciated Terri's robust understanding of the requirements of academic writing, her keen eye for detail, and her rigorously intelligent and insightful comments on my work, and look forward to collaborating with her again in the future.”
Dr Rebecca Hurst

“Terri has collaborated with me on a number of academic and creative projects. Her professional, insightful comments and skilled editorial work were invaluable in ensuring my writing was consistently of a high standard. Feedback was concise, practical, and prompt.”
Dr Usma Malik

“Terri has been extremely helpful with the proofreading and editing of my children’s book. I found her a very easy person to work with and I was delighted with the end result.”
Elisabeth Newson

“I have known Terri for many years. On numerous occasions we have worked on ideas that have involved a literary aspect to them. But I would like to focus on a more recent one. I wrote an article about a very personal subject: my own mental health. As a dyslexic I often miss things, leave blanks, etc. The article centred on cycling. Terri was amazing at proofreading the piece, giving suggestions, correcting the ‘obvious’ spelling errors, but was careful to make sure my personality/style of language showed through and she was sensitive to my ability regarding my writing skills.”
Iain Nussey

“Terri is an excellent tutor and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She offered fantastic guidance and is kind, generous and thorough in her approach.”
Private tuition student (Undergraduate level)

Work with Me

I offer writing, editing, and proofreading services. Please contact me for further information.