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…

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…

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,…

Six Books on my To Read List

I thought it would be interesting to think about the books on my list to read and then review them in future weeks. It’s also nice to think about how we chose our reading. Usually I go into my local bookstore and pick at random, but I also keep a list of books I’ve heard…

Big Magic and The Truth About Suffering For Your Art.

About this time last year I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was just starting to go to yoga and as cliché as it was, I decided it was time to read the book that got millions of women on yoga mats. I really enjoyed that book, in fact I often reread sections…

The Writing Workshop

Over the years I have been lucky enough to attend A LOT of writing workshops. As part of my MA and as part of the writing squad, as well as other one off events. Workshops vary massively depending on who is running them, who they are aimed at and their theme. Some are aimed at…