Walking the Holloway…

I was skipping about the shelves at Waterstones recently and came across the beautiful and intriguing Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stan Donwood and Dan Richards (Faber & Faber, £14.99). I had to do a double-take. I mean, have you seen this book? With its swirling whorl of branches in stark black and white, I needed it on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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-old […]

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! […]

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 […]

Refresh, Revamp.

So, my blog has been left dejected and rejected for too long. Time for an entry! I’ve been busy writing my novel, which is going well, but I must keep at it. The story is taking shape and it is looking to be a YA fantasy. I’m hoping to have a browse through the Writers’ […]

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: […]