Short Stories Everywhere!

Over the past six months or so, there has been a huge trend in publishing. Short stories have made an epic return. A year ago and it would be a very rare thing for me to buy a short story collection, but in the last three months I have read three collections and when I…

My Favourite Books of 2017

This year I have kept track of my reading to see how many books I could read and also the different genres. By doing this, I decided to read more travel writing and realised how much I really love crime. I thought I would come up with a few categories and pick my favourite book…

OOTD and the perfect casual outfit to give you confidence

At this time of year dressing smartly can feel like a bit of a challenge. Getting the smart-casual balance that is normally solved with jeans a nice top in summer isn’t quite so easily achieved. Step in the statement knit. Well made in luxurious wools and unusual shapes or patterns or sleek and classic, knitwear…

Angels and Bridges: Extra Photos 4

These photos were taken at Gibside in Northumberland a few weeks ago. Gibside is owned by the National Trust and is one of my favourite places to visit. As you can see, when the weather is right you can see for miles. The walks are filled with beautiful sights and lush trees. It’s a great…

OOTD and How To Mix Prints

Hi guys, Today I was going to uni and then drinks, I decided to wear one of my old favourites from last summer this striped shirt with beaded trophy jacket. If you want to mix prints, patterns and textures it can work really well to pick one colour and just use different tones within that…

HarperCollins Readers Room

I was scrolling through Facebook recently when an advert for the HarperCollins Readers Room came up. It’s a space to give feedback on book ideas and covers, to discuss your favourite books and take part in different activities and polls. I thought it would be something a lot of you would be interested in so…

Angels and Bridges: Extra Photos, 3

These photos were taken on 06/04/2017 at about 8:15. They show the lovely dusk light and one of my favourite parts of Newcastle, the Cathedral and Castle Keep, between which sits a night club and restaurants. This part of the city really shows the old and the new layered together. I hope you like my…

Angels and Bridges: Dusk

The city is never deserted. There are always cars coming or going, people weaving their way down cobblestones towards the Quayside or battling, heads down, to make it to the heart of the city. It is a relief to come out into the fresh air and find the city isn’t cloaked in darkness as it…

40 Prompts – A writing challenge inspired by Lent!

I have been thinking recently about how we start new writing projects. Random ideas pop in our head, news articles get us thinking or we read a book and wonder what if something else happened there. Now multiple questions to get us thinking isn’t anything original, but at this time of year with spring and…

Writing Workshop Activity – From Another Book

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to run a writing workshop for the Women’s Institute. I called the workshop, Everyone Can Be a Writer and used a couple of activities and some recommended reading to get the group thinking about how to start writing. This was a workshop aimed at new writers,…