Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet: A Modern Masterpiece

Romeo & Juliet is a tale as old as time. Recounted again and again - even the original is a reinvention of a reinvention of an older story - I know some people feel it's been done to death. Personally, I love it. The story is so given to reinterpretation and every retelling brings something [...]

Making Bad Times Easier: The Flatshare – Book Review

Every now and again there's a book that you pick up because it looks like something light and easy that you might enjoy but, quite unexpectedly, you fall completely in love with it. The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary, is one of those books. From The Flatshare website: Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon [...]

Here & Now

Outside my window… the sky is a bruised grey and sends down a smattering of rain - the first in a few days. Everything seems sleepy. My own reluctance to leave my cosy bed echoed in the world outside. I am thinking… about how different life has been these last couple of months and how [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – In The Lamplight

All was in darkness and silence. Only the feeble glow of the lamp provided any relief. It was in the cone fo that yellow light that I observed him: the little daemon at the foot of my bed. He perched there, unmoving except for the slow blink of his black eyes, and regarded me with [...]

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 [...]