Event, London, Theatre

Review: Quiz by James Graham

On a sunny Saturday in London, I went to see Quiz at the Noel Coward Theatre. Written by James Graham, this has to be the most mental plays I've seen. Yet it's thought-provoking and current in the light of social media as it is today. And while I enjoyed it, I also have to admit, it felt… Continue reading Review: Quiz by James Graham

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Event, London, Theatre

Review: The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Last weekend, I saw 'The Birthday Party' by Harold Pinter. It had some of my favourite actors in it including Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoe Wanamaker, and, of course, Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was at the Harold Pinter theatre - however, I've been living in London for about eight years now and I've been coming… Continue reading Review: The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

London, Writing

Where do you write?

Two of the most stressful things you can do is move house and start a new job. In December, I decided to do both. I have a philosophy that if you have several hard things to do, do them at the same time because how bad can it be, really? Hum... Well, I've finally finished… Continue reading Where do you write?

Event, London, Reviews, Theatre

Review: Hamilton

This Saturday, I saw Hamilton at the Victoria Palace. I’ve been dying to see it since it opened on Broadway in 2015. The hype of its arrival in London has been infectious and I was trying desperately not to be too excited, worried it wouldn’t live up to the incredible praise it’s received. After all,… Continue reading Review: Hamilton

Fiction, London, Reading, Reviews

It’s the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

Monday marked the 200th year anniversary of the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, was published anonymously on 1st January 1818. It was famously born from a dream and written for a ‘ghost story challenge’ at the Villa Diodati in the summer of 1816 in the company of Lord Byron, Percy… Continue reading It’s the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

London, Writing

Using and abusing our weather-beaten words

Let's talk about the weather. Here in England, we had a massive snowfall last weekend. For those of you living in Canada, or Japan or some parts of America like New Hampshire and Alaska, I imagine you'd wonder why this is post worthy. But you've got to understand, we Brits can't handle the weather. Like over-excited… Continue reading Using and abusing our weather-beaten words

Event, London, Reviews

Review: Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie is currently playing at the London County Hall near Waterloo station. I managed to get a seat high in the gallery and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Leonard Vole, a young, good-looking and mild-mannered man is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy older woman. Already, you… Continue reading Review: Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Writing

The worst ways to help a writer

Today, I'm going to very carefully try and explain how friends and family can help their tortured writers. I say carefully because I hope not to offend any well-meaning soul who has fallen into one of these traps! No, it really isn't. The writer has just spilled out their soul about their amazing idea. The… Continue reading The worst ways to help a writer

London, Writing

You should be in a Writing Group

I've been part of the writer group London Writers' Cafe for almost two years now and I find it completely invaluable to my writing life. But I know writing groups are often criticised. There’s an infamous Buzzfeed article which always has me in stitches If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing… Continue reading You should be in a Writing Group

Event, London, Reviews, Theatre

The Cloak and Dagger Tour Review

I've got a slightly different kind of review for you all today. Last week, my writing group the London Writers' Cafe arranged for us to all go on The Cloak and Dagger Tour. Now, I've always considered myself a history nut. With my degree in the Classics, my amateur research into the nineteenth century and my general fascination… Continue reading The Cloak and Dagger Tour Review

Blogging, London

Annual Bloggers Bash Award 2017

Last Saturday, I went to the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. And I think I found my mothership. A few weeks ago, I was chatting over email with Sacha Black and she invited me. As well as the author of the brilliant 13 Steps to Evil (which I reviewed here on my blog), she also a blogger and… Continue reading Annual Bloggers Bash Award 2017

London

I’m a Londoner

I'm a Londoner. This is our city and we share it with 10.5 million people. We live, work and play in 607 square miles. And for the most part, we get along, like siblings sharing a room. We are inclusive and welcoming to all, we celebrate difference and uniqueness. We have for hundreds of years,… Continue reading I’m a Londoner

Literature, London, Reading, Reviews

Forget the idiom, we DO judge a book by its cover

The Guardian published the article How real books have trumped ebooks celebrating the recent and hopefully continued uptick in sales of physical books over ebooks. In this article, James Daunt, the chief executive of Waterstones makes a wonderful point about selling books: A very large part of the way I sell books has been about how you… Continue reading Forget the idiom, we DO judge a book by its cover

Fiction, Literature, Reviews, Theatre, Writing

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… what happens when you give minor characters their own play

Recently I was lucky enough to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Joshua McGuire and Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic. This is one of my all time favourite plays and has been for a long time. I'm a true Shakespeare nut, to the point where I literally flinch if a line is missed in Much… Continue reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… what happens when you give minor characters their own play

Fiction, London, Writing

Where to find your characters

I've always been a people watcher. You see or overhear a snippet of a conversation, you see a little slice of that person's life. Those of us with an active imagination will know that it can be enough to spark a story. Or ten. Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game once said: Everybody walks past… Continue reading Where to find your characters

Art, Authors, Blogging, Fiction, Literature, Movies, Non-Fiction, Quotes, Reviews, Television, Theatre, Writing

I’m going to start a blog. How hard can it be?

I've been creating stories for as long as I can remember. As a child, I would borrow my father's video camera and tell stories, often with props but always bossing around my younger sister (aka the lead actress and stagehand) and my impressive range of made up words like 'blustery-er'. It wasn't until I was eleven… Continue reading I’m going to start a blog. How hard can it be?