Women Are Some Kind of Magic – #IWD2020

i'm pretty sureyou have s t a r d u s t runningthroughthose v e i n s- women are some kind of magicAmanda Lovelace There's something about women. Something that keeps us fighting when the battle seems lost, hoping when there seems no room for hope, banding together when the world would tear us [...]

Book Review: Exodus by Julie Bertagna

”You can betray someone with a word or an action. You can betray them with silence or inaction too. And in betraying that one person, you can betray a whole world.” Exodus, Julie Bertagna I can’t remember the first time I read this book. It was a long time ago though. I do remember being [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Dream Catcher

Your fairy tales have it all wrong. I am the Master of the Spindle and I spin not from straw but from magic. My silks are not of gold but of stardust. I spin nets to catch dreams from the night and jewels from the morning air. I spin swathes of silken lace fine enough [...]

Book & Music Review: Spell Songs

A few years ago, I fell in love with The Lost Words - a stunning collection of poetry and illustrations by Rob Macfarlane and Jackie Morris celebrating the wonders of nature and preserving the words that are becoming increasingly absent from our common vernacular. With that book, I taught a class of eleven year olds what bluebells are, [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Prayer

Dawn mist creeps up the valley, diffusing the gentle warmth of early day across the ochre earth. The Adhan dances from mountain to mountain, carrying softly, coaxingly through the still, sleepy air. I am a stranger in this land but it calls me still. A tender hand on my brow, my shoulder, welcoming me home. [...]

Book Review: I’m Not Too Bad, Thanks by Chris Hughes

I was fortunate to connect with Chris over on Twitter, somewhere in the depths of an #indieauthor thread. The premise behind his debut poetry collection, I'm Not Too Bad, Thanks, intrigued me: Chris reflects that "When someone asks how you are, whether you are on top of the world or feeling low, what’s the standard [...]

[Im]Perfect

What is this illusion of perfect beautyThat we cling to with such desperation?Why is it that what we areIs deemed less than the imaginings of what we'Should' be?The joy in my smile is not diminishedBy teeth which don't lie straight.Nor do the blemishes that scatter my skinLike fallen constellationsLessen the softness of its touch,Or its [...]

Book Review: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

When I first listened to the audiobook of Katherine Arden's The Bear and The Nightingale two years ago, I knew this series was going to become a firm favourite. Her writing (and Kathleen Gati's fabulous narration) transported me straight into the winter of darkest Rus and I could feel Morozko’s breath on my cheek. She wove [...]

Indie Author Life: Getting The Word Out

Dear readers, I still can not describe to you the joy of knowing my work is out in the world. The thrill I get when I see the little book I put so much of myself into in the hands of others. It is a dream come true and I am so grateful for all [...]