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’s […]

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 Albert […]

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 time […]

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! […]

Busy Bee on Middle Earth…

So it turns out that I’m terrible at updating – my apologies!! I’ve been a busy bee (two jobs, uni work, and obsessing over Merlin take time, you know). “Winter is coming” and I’m not feeling very creative at the moment, not at all. Any inspiration is welcome… anyone? Here are just a few things […]

Diffusion of Knowledge

Excellent things have been going on lately! I’ve been made student editor of Diffusion: Journal of Undergraduate Research at UCLan, and chaired my first meeting last week. The launch of Volume 3 was held at UCLan Book Exchange in the Student Union on 6th October. A journalist came around to interview us, and we’ve ended […]

LitFest, competitions and readings!

There seems to be an influx of art events this month, and I’m not quite sure where to begin! I’ve recently put my name down to help at the Lancaster LitFest (14th-23rd October 2011). Volunteers are always needed for distibuting leaflets, ticket-selling and ushering at front of house. Don’t be afraid to get in touch […]

Of Mutability

First of all, I’d just like to say a big thank you to those who’ve subscribed to my blog! It makes me feel all fuzzy inside when you click the follow button. Secondly, I’ve now reached 8,000 words in my novel, which I’m very pleased about. This seems pitiful when Google tells me that the […]

A Refreshing Whiff of Old-School

I have been reading Emergency Kit: Poetry for Strange Times (ed. Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney: Faber and Faber 2004) and have come across some poets that I probably would never have found out about otherwise. Overall I found the collection quite hit and miss – some of it really wasn’t for me. However, there are […]

Calling all confused Creative Writing students!

I was talking to a Creative Writing student from a nearby university yesterday about his course. We were comparing poetry and I noticed a greater variety of styles in his than in my own. Puzzled and with the molten pangs of jealousy I asked him about this. Throughout his course he had been reading, “Poems for the Millenium: […]