Adventures in Imagination

The art, writing and life of an eternally curious adventurer

Curiosity is one of our most important gifts. Through curiosity we are driven to seek knowledge and experience, and by following its path we illuminate the darkness, and reveal the magic beneath the seemingly mundane. My curiosity drives me to explore worlds of imagination, magic and adventure, and I document these adventures through my art, writing, and research. Join me on my journey to discover these worlds!

Kirstin Mills

Research & Writing

The magic of Victorian Literature & History

“[S]ometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

From Gothic ghosts, Victorian seances and the sciences of the mind, to dreams, virtual reality and adventures in Wonderland, Kirstin’s research and writing explores the wonder and magic of literature and culture in the long Nineteenth Century and its twenty-first-century adaptations. Kirstin has published research on authors from Mary Shelley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Lewis Carroll and Lucas Malet. Kirstin is also passionate about drawing on her research expertise to help others discover their curiosity and passions. As a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Research in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), Kirstin helps budding researchers develop their research, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills.


Art & Illustration

To believe is to see - adventures in magic and faery

“What is the use of a book without pictures?”

Kirstin’s enchanting and whimsical paintings of fairytales, magic, fairies and fantasy offer glimpses into an expansive world of wonder and imagination. Drawing inspiration from myth and folklore, as well as the beauty of the natural world, Kirstin’s artworks capture a forgotten realm where anything is possible, and to where to believe is to see.


Adventures in Imagination

A Blog About Art and Literature

“I could tell you my adventures…”

Kirstin shares a miscellany of thoughts on her blog ranging from her latest research projects, interesting discoveries, folklore, legends, and latest published work, to art sketches and illustrations, and occasionally her travels into the intriguing, beautiful world around us. Catch a glimpse into the inspiration behind her art and writing in these personal jottings.