Esmé James is a PhD candidature at the University of Melbourne. She is best known for her irreverent lecture series on TikTok, Kinky History, which boosts a following of over 2 million people from around the world. Esme's research and creative output endeavours to drive a conversation on topics such as sexuality, gender, and identify. In 2020, she was listed in the Top 30 Emerging Writers by SBS Australia. She has produced a range of poetry, short-stories, and non-fiction articles in publications such as Hardie Grant Press, Hecate, and Archer. Esmé has authored two novels, Honeyflower and Pansy (2014) and The Awakening (2017); the former becoming an Amazon bestseller within a month of its release.