The Bird and Bookcase

We might still be clinging to our hot water-bottles and be deep in our winter socks but it’s never too early for a spot of spring cleaning! Having finally decided to get into nature conservation, this blog needs a bit of sprucing up. As of March 2014 I will be a Resident Intern at Leighton […]

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 Elissa […]

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: The […]

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! […]

Hermione Granger: Feminist Icon

Having staggered home from the cinema in tears twice this week, I have finally ‘accepted’ that the Harry Potter franchise has reached its final film installment. Harry Potter has played a massive part in my life, and ultimately helped me start writing. My undergrad dissertation was on feminism in children’s literature, including Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, […]

Manchester Fiction Prize

I came across a leaflet at a creative writing group I went to a couple of weeks ago for the Manchester Fiction Prize. I’ve got to admit, this looks great. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 and asks for up to 3,000 words. Lots of flexibility with this one. The […]

Life equals poetry

I wanted to find a space where I could experiment with poetry, find new inspiration, and blog about the upcoming literary events. This seemed like the right place to do it! As a poet living in the dusty urban depths, inspiration only comes if you look hard enough. Here I’d like to explore what’s out there, and hopefully […]