Reading Out Loud

A good writer has to be a big reader. But I think a good writer also needs to get comfortable with the sound of their own voice. Yes, you need to start reading out loud. But why? I hear you whisper. I hear you (just). Writers, on the whole, are quiet folk (alright Oscar Wilde... Continue Reading →

A Tour of The British Library

If you’re going to visit a library, why not start with the top of the pile? The British Library in London runs daily behind-the-scenes tours lasting 60 minutes and costing just £10 (£8 if you're a member) - bargain! The architectural style of the British Library isn't to everyone’s tastes but that might be down... Continue Reading →

Breaking Books

One of the earliest posts I did was ab0ut my five favourite books.  The list varies depending on my mood but one that’s always there is Microserfs by Douglas Coupland.  I call it my comfort book.  I read it when I’m down or ill.  Not all of it, sometimes just a chapter or two where... Continue Reading →

9 Things I Did on my Holiday

Sat by a pool Walked A LOT. I mean a lot. We somehow decided that we’d get 10,000 steps in even though we were, you know, ON HOLIDAY. When I say “we decided” I mean I reluctantly went along with my boyfriend’s idea.  Wrote the first drafts of two poems and one short story (woot!)... Continue Reading →

Bookish Book Bag Bargain

Trying saying that three times fast! I just had to share with you this squee inducing find (yes I said squee) I discovered at the weekend. I have coveted many a bag from Paperchase but their prices can be a bit steep, so I couldn't believe my book loving eyes when I saw this in... Continue Reading →

Finding Sanctuary in Libraries

For a large part of my life, libraries were my sanctuary. My parents were regular visitors and would take my brother and I in every few weeks. My child’s allocation of four books would rarely be enough, so I’d often use some of my parents allowance to pick up all my favourites. At school the... Continue Reading →

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