Sharon Olds and “memory’s dark-blue corridor”

Have you ever been to Reid of Liverpool? Well, you should have. You definitely should have: but I warn you, if you’re a bookworm – you may not want to leave. Reid is a secondhand book shop on Mount Pleasant, complete with log-fire, plumes of dust, and a poetry collection that spans an entire wall.  It’sContinue reading “Sharon Olds and “memory’s dark-blue corridor””

Dreams Without Frontiers

So I’m lapping up the merits of working in Manchester. OK, so it hasn’t been the glamour and glitz of a metropolis, but at lunch I get to do things like this:       I work just around the corner from the Manchester Art Gallery, and stumbled across the wonderful ‘Dreams Without Frontiers’ exhibition.Continue reading “Dreams Without Frontiers”

Discovering the World’s Two Smallest Humans…

Finding Julia Copus was a perky case of right place, right time. When I stumbled into a poetry event at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, last year, I had no idea who’d be reading. I’d fallen a little out of the loop with the writing scene and was having a cheeky search for cocktails around the AlbertContinue reading “Discovering the World’s Two Smallest Humans…”

Magpies and Metaphors

Happy New Year! As part of my 2013 Resolutions (capital R for rigour…) I’m going to kick-start my blogging again and hopefully get chatting to some of you lovely people from the Blogosphere. Hello! So set aside the tinsel, wade through the chocolate wrappers, and I’ll get you a brew. There were other things on my Resolution list:Continue reading “Magpies and Metaphors”

CVs & Tea Leaves

Well, it seems I’m being turfed out into the dreaded ‘real world’ after four years of comfortably shabby student living. I’m ready to take on life – armed with essays and amazing stir-fry skills. Bring it on. And things aren’t looking too dreary at all at the minute. I’m very excited to have just received ElissaContinue reading “CVs & Tea Leaves”

Busy with Books!

It’s been busy, busy, busy up here! So much to do before the end of the semester, but the caffeine is pulling me through. Attended the announcement of the Lancashire Book of the Year shortlist on Friday. A really excellent morning, and in case you hadn’t heard, these were the books that made it: TheContinue reading “Busy with Books!”

To PhD, or not to PhD…

February, when did you get here? So, over half the month has passed, along with Valentine’s Day (see how I refrained from anything vilely sentimental?), and Pancake Tuesday lies deliciously near. I’m now back in the swing of uni, routinely nerding away in the depths of the library. Whilst typing away, I have been struck by the time-oldContinue reading “To PhD, or not to PhD…”

Newcastle, macaroons, and the Beeb.

Feel like I’ve had my socks knocked off! Seven Stories is an amazing place: a haven of children’s literature and I’d thoroughly recommend it. I’ve just finished a two week work placement there and have come back brimming with picture book ideas. Thanks so much to everyone there – you were so lovely! Fabulous timeContinue reading “Newcastle, macaroons, and the Beeb.”

Winter Wafflings

I’m having a belated blow of festivity, drinking ‘Christmas Tea’ from a Santa mug and cheerily humming “Sleigh Ride”. Must be this vile good mood I’m in! Anywho, so 2012 is here! Looks set to be a good’n: I complete my MA, go on two work placements and will finish this bloomin’ book of mine!Continue reading “Winter Wafflings”

Lemsip Addiction

Happy December-Time! Just a quick post: I’ve now uploaded the latest issue of Diffusion online! Go take a look: Diffusion 4:2. We’re very pleased with this issue – we had some excellent submissions. Well done to all the contributors. A couple of weeks ago I visited Seven Stories in Newcastle which, if you don’t alreadyContinue reading “Lemsip Addiction”