Are You Misreading Me?

As a writer, it makes sense that I would express myself better through writing than live conversation. If I could prepare all speeches on cue cards, even for trivial daily interactions, my life would be a much more comfortable and poetic experience. If only letter-writing was still a thing. I’m aware that my cheeks might…

Inside Out Writers’ Workshop

As the dust settled on the strangely empty Shelley Park site, where The Shouting Mute’s sound installation of Prose In The Park had enchanted hundreds of Inside Out festival-goers in the last few days, I returned alone to the one tent left standing with my trusty notebook. My monday was spent revelling in the company of 15…

Young, Dumb, and Famous

We have always been a socially conditioned society but now, even though we’re aware of it, the rise of the internet and social media means the majority of our children are influenced by pop culture, more than their education, or upbringing. Growing up watching reality tv shows like X Factor, The Voice, Big Brother and…

Bringing People Together

Through working with The Shouting Mute I have noticed that I have some great contacts working in similar industries who could benefit from networking with each other. Just the other day, Dave said he was thinking about creating a series of short mockumentary films to share online and I immediately called my friend Jon James Smith, an…

Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy

Before my session I was a bundle of nervous excited energy, as if my higher self knew this was a big deal. I went down into the lower gardens and sat on a bench to meditate then prepared some questions I wanted to ask my subconscious. Natalie’s house has an open peaceful feel to it,…

Sending Out My Work

It’s taken me years to actually send out one of my novels to agents. Literally years. It wasn’t that I was scared of rejection, I expected rejection. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to do it, I totally knew. It wasn’t that I couldn’t afford the current ‘Writers and Artists Yearbook’, I bought one…

Then and Now: BlacKkKlansman

I went to see Blackkklansman over the weekend, a film based on a true story about a black detective in the seventies who infiltrated the KKK. It was a great film, well-written, the casting and acting was fantastic and somehow the balance of taking a serious topic and making it accessible with moments of humour…

The Vegan Debate

I like my vegan journey, and I like my flexible eating habits, but sometimes it seems less hassle not to use the v word at all, so that I could eat whatever I want in peace. I’m not attacking you by requesting vegan cheese, I’m not trying to have a debate over dinner. Enjoy your…

And So It Begins… With An Epiphany…

I woke up this morning to an exciting epiphany. Through the remnants of a strange dream I realised that the people who invoke an emotional reaction in me, whether that’s a level of attraction, jealousy, or simply respect and admiration, all have something in common. They are all change-makers, activists, in one way or another,…