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.

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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 ūüôā 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.

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Why Celebrate Women’s Equality Day? | News

Today is Women’s Equality Day in the US – a day that deserves plenty of celebration and lots of conversation. On the 26th August 1920, women were granted official permission to vote by¬†the US Government.

Although I live in the UK, I feel that an achievement for women anywhere is an achievement for women everywhere. We are still fighting sexism worldwide every day but thanks to the women of previous generations, we have a lot more rights than they did.

When I was younger, I definitely took my right to vote for granted. To put it simply, I wasn’t interested in politics at all. I didn’t really care who was in charge of the country or what it would mean for me because¬†I had more important things to worry about like who was gossiping about who, of course! But everything changed for me when I went to university… Continue reading “Why Celebrate Women’s Equality Day? | News”

5 Books Every Writer Should Own | Books

I have something to admit…

These past few days, I’ve been slacking. I usually wake up early every morning and write a little bit more of the novel I’ve been working on. But recently, I’ve been feeling a tad stuck.

So I’ve dug out a few books from my bookshelf to get me back in the mood and I thought I’d share them with you as they’re pretty helpful if you need some writing motivation. Continue reading “5 Books Every Writer Should Own | Books”

‘I Shouldn’t Complain…’ | Blog

When you’ve had¬†cancer, it seems as though anything that comes afterwards couldn’t possibly compare. I mean, you’ve had¬†cancer.¬†It’s a huge thing to overcome & after you’ve been through all the treatment and the operations, you don’t think you could ever feel worse in your life.

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Speaking From The Heart | News

Hey lovely people,

I usually don’t do health updates on this blog – I prefer to leave it over at my cancer advice website¬†rather than overload you with medical stuff – but this one is pretty important.

I thought I’d share this information with you guys because the impact of this news has encouraged me to change my whole lifestyle and you may see more health/fitness related things popping up on my blog in the future. I really hope that you don’t mind ūüôā

So, let’s take it back to the very beginning…

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