Happy International Women’s Day! There are so many areas in which women inspire me – art, science, literature, but today I thought I’d look at some of the women in music who have created a soundtrack to all of our lives. Starting with my first girl crush, Kate Bush. I remember being curled up on… Continue reading Inspiring Voices
I was watching a documentary about Christie’s Auction House the other day (more unexpected research!) when they took delivery of a beautiful Constable painting. Three specialists inspected the piece, oohing and aahing over the quick brush strokes and immensity of the sky. Then came the real deliberations… how much was it worth? As they debated… Continue reading Value Your Writing
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Dolly Parton. I saw this quote on Twitter the other day from the movie Dumplin’ and simply had to ‘borrow’ it immediately! We don’t get this message enough – Be More You! This time of year is always associated with being a better you –… Continue reading Be More You
Morning telly; the land that time forgot. I won’t go into the whys and wherefores of how I ended up watching it the other day, but let’s just say I was feeling a bit ‘delicate’. Anyway, there I am, second bowl of cheerios in hand when a victim woman is herded out, wearing a brown… Continue reading Why Can’t We Leave Women Alone?
It’s been almost a week since The Story Collector was released and I think I’ve finally dragged myself out of my post-launch stupor! How to even begin to explain to you, dear reader, what this week has been like. It has been a mixture of utter joy, trepidation, excitement, anxiousness, exhaustion and elation. Let’s say… Continue reading Book. Launched.
I read somewhere that you don’t become a writer; you discover you are one, and I suppose that’s what happened to me. People always talk about their love of books as a child, but I also had a love of stories and storytelling. So much so, that I often made up my own and told… Continue reading My Writing Life
It was a bit disappointing to hear about a bookstore chain getting a bashing this week. Not least because I can’t wait to see my own book, The Story Collector, stocked there! I wrote a post last year about Book Snobs and how readers often feel judged for what they read as well as how… Continue reading Books Are For Everyone
With the Oscars coming up, I’m reminded of one of my favourite speeches by composer Michael Giacchino for (coincidentally) one of my favourite animation features, UP. Of all the things he could have said, he spoke about the pervading myth/belief that doing something creative is a waste of time. Sure, we honour those at the… Continue reading Be Creative – It’s not a waste of time
So I’m in the kitchen, opening a packet of Chia Seeds I bought in the health shop (because Omega 3, right?) when I notice a rather unusual claim in bold print: ‘Chia seeds, ancient food of the Aztecs.’ And I thought to myself, um…. they died. All of them. It was a wipeout. I’m… Continue reading The Big Sell
Want to celebrate the season with a little more calm and a little less crazy? Then this one’s for you. We’re surrounded by it. Magazines and TV shows have been telling me how to slow-roast a turkey since November and how to ‘get my sparkle on’. But the funny thing is, we went through all… Continue reading christmas, with a little c