Night Shift Review | Books

A couple of years ago, I read Probably Nothing by Matilda Tristram – a picture book that depicted a woman’s battle with cancer.

It stayed with me because it was so different and it was such a unique way of talking about such a difficult topic.

So when Hot Key Books sent me Night Shift by Debi Gliori, I was really interested to see how the author had managed to depict depression through her illustrations.  Continue reading “Night Shift Review | Books”

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A New Year | News

It’s the start of a new year and I think pretty much everyone I know is glad to see the back of 2016! What a weird year!

Although there were a lot of highlights in 2016, I didn’t do half the things I said I was going to do.

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Novel Writing Month! | Writing

Hey lovely people,

Can you believe we’ve only got 2 months of 2016 left?! November has brought some icy cold weather with it which is pretty convenient as it’s officially Novel Writing Month – staying in my nice warm bed & writing some more of my book on the weekends has been absolutely lush.

I started writing my first novel on my Masters programme in 2014 & it has been a bit of a struggle, mainly because I’ve never written something this long before! Continue reading “Novel Writing Month! | Writing”

Halloween Reading | Books

It’s nearly Halloween which can only mean one thing – scary book recommendations!

I love spending time with my nieces & nephews at Halloween. Dressing them up to go trick & treating is so much fun & when they’re excited, I get excited!

But Halloween can be fun for us grown-ups too & a good place to start is with books. Continue reading “Halloween Reading | Books”

Getting To Know CATS! | News

This week, I’m introducing you guys to a charity that I’ve recently become involved with!

A couple of weeks ago, I came into contact with James & his wonderful charity, CATS.

The charity focuses on promoting awareness of cancer symptoms to young people, particularly students. As someone who had cancer as a teenager, I was keen to get involved to prevent other people being misdiagnosed like I was.

Continue reading “Getting To Know CATS! | News”

Summer Reading Wrap-Up | Books

Well folks, we’re into my favourite season – autumn! I love it when the weather gets that little bit colder & it’s acceptable to cwtch up with a book, an oversized jumper and a hot cup of tea.

I didn’t read as many books as I hoped to over the summer but I did read enough to warrant a wrap-up so here it is 🙂 Continue reading “Summer Reading Wrap-Up | Books”

Quentin Blake : Inside Stories Review | Art

Last weekend, Cardiff was transformed into a wonderland in City of the Unexpected – a celebration of Roald Dahl‘s life on what would have been his 100th birthday!

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When I was a kid, Roald Dahl books formed a huge part of my library and even now, I have nearly a whole shelf dedicated to him. His stories were such a massive part of my childhood and they always seemed to have the perfect balance of obscene grossness and moral life lessons – I couldn’t help but love them! However, while Dahl’s imaginative tales are wonderfully descriptive, I just cannot picture his books without Quentin Blake’s quirky illustrations! Continue reading “Quentin Blake : Inside Stories Review | Art”

The Artist’s Story with Graham Parker & Amir Nejad | Art

Behind every creative, there is a story.

There is a reason why every dancer dances, every writer writes and every painter paints.

I recently chatted to two Swansea-based artists, Graham Parker & Amir A Nejad, who exhibited their work last week in the Oriel Bach Gallery. Their collaborative exhibition, ‘Face to the Sea’, displayed the artists’ two very different styles side by side; Graham depicts energetic seascapes in his work while Amir focuses on intricately detailed portraits.

In this post, they talk very candidly about the experiences that influence their craft in their own words.

Continue reading “The Artist’s Story with Graham Parker & Amir Nejad | Art”