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“The beauty of Wolfarth's story telling is hard to convey...

Joanna Bourke, BBC History Magazine

I'm a writer, cultural historian and lecturer. I am the author of MILK: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding and, according to The Sunday Times, I am 'a brave writer'.


For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by how we make sense of our worlds through making things and telling stories.

As a specialist in Southeast Asian art history, I've held lectureships at SOAS, University of Arts, University of Leeds and Sotheby's Institute of Arts. I currently teach at The Open University. For more information about my academic teaching, publications and research, download my CV here.

I now write nonfiction exploring cultural histories, memoir, feminism, our relationships to landscape, and more. My writing has been published in many outlets, including The Observer, History Today and Wellcome Stories. 

I​ am the current writer-in-residence for the Urban Trees Festival and co-editor of book ASIA-ART-ACTIVISM. 

To work with me, please email

For book related enquires please contact my agent, Jo Unwin at Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Compassionate, compelling and beautifully told, Milk is a fascinating journey through the social, cultural and historical meanings of breastfeeding. Through her intricate, personal and tender research, Wolfarth deftly explores the human complexities of caring, nurturing and nourishing. A sublime book.
Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women
A feminist blend of memoir and history . . . Wolfarth takes us on an illuminating tour of shifting attitudes and practices . . . as a cultural historian she is excellent at detailing how motherhood changes her perspective of art . . . this is an important book: however personal each mother's "journey" may seem, there are always bigger forces at play.

Francesca Angelini, The Sunday Times

Erudite, intimate and compelling, Milk is a long-overdue history of humanity's first food

Leah Hazard, author of Womb

Sensitively drawn and full of insight, this is an intelligent and inventive new approach to a subject that should matter to all humans. Stunning. 
 Jennie Agg, author of Life, Almost
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