Watch.Read.Listen.Love. – Summer Edition

A little while ago, I signed up to received daily emails from The Good Trade. Ordinarily, I hate daily emails because I never get around to reading them, they're always too long and they clog up my inbox so I just end up unsubscribing. Not so with this one. The Daily Good is short, sweet [...]

If Music Be The Food Of Life, Play On

For someone whose life is played out to an ever-changing soundtrack, I realised over the last week or so that music is something I hardly ever write about. From dancing around my living room to the strains of Tchaikovsky's nutcracker suite as a toddler, to belting out Queen with my family on a long car [...]

Stonecrop Review and Reconnecting With Nature

Yesterday, I started reading Stonecrop Review: a journal of urban nature writing, art and photography. I'm only about halfway through the journal but it's prompted such reflection that I felt compelled to write about it. It is a wonderfully thought out publication: the writing is insightful, the illustrations immersive, and the overall aesthetic so clean [...]

A Pause, A Ponder And Some Poetry

After a brief, unintentional hiatus, I'm back and trying to figure out how on Earth to balance a busy day job and a more-hectic-than-usual home life with the writing life I crave. During the summer lull, I had managed to start to create time during my days to write or at least play with ideas [...]

The Sacred Everyday

Some time ago, I discovered the Harry Potter And The Sacred Text podcast. This was a wonderful discovery. HP and the Sacred Text takes one of my (and the world's) most beloved series of books, and engaged with them in a thoughtful and inquisitive way, exploring the lessons and ideas the story has to offer [...]

The Long Awaited Music Of Words

Being a mood reader, there are not often books that I eagerly anticipate the release of; that I cannot wait to get my hands on and that I clamour for an early copy of. I usually browse in bookshops or see what takes my fancy on Bookstagram and pick up what takes my fancy. But [...]

2017’s Top Ten(ish) Books

I did not read as many books in 2017 as I would have liked. In fact, I was a whole 20 books of meeting my Goodreads challenge! In spite of that, 2017 was a really good reading year and I discovered some new favourite authors and some new favourite books. I can never pick ONE [...]

Giselle: A Triumphant Reimagining

I have just had the pleasure, and the absolute privilege, of watching English National Ballet perform Akram Kahn's Giselle. I'm not even sure if I can articulate how I feel about this production. Words like phenomenal spring to mind but I'm not sure even that would do it justice. Every aspect of this reimagined classic [...]