What’s in a Name

What’s in a name? I think I might have invested a little bit too much in my quest to find the perfect pen name. It is keeping me up at night: I lie in bed at night and obsess over Isobel, Laurie, Chloe, Cate and many more, testing them out with different surnames. It reminds … Continue reading What’s in a Name

The perniciousness of trolling

Hi there Dad-from-school-who-thought-it-was-a-good-idea-to-publicly-shame-a-mum-on-facebook-for-parking-badly, exposing their car all over social media and generating animosity. I am not being disingenuous when I say a big thank you to you.  You have given me the impetus to write this blog and you have made me feel rather smug while I am at it.  Because I know I and … Continue reading The perniciousness of trolling


Don't worry about what people think. Don't obsess over whether they saw your side profile and thought you were a disgusting pig, or a witch.  Don't worry if they saw your tummy and thought you were pregnant.  Don't eat and then worry, eat and then worry and then continue this ferocious cycle. Don't worry that … Continue reading Don’t


I am pleased to announce my poem 'Ruth' was ‘highly commended’ in the Coventry Positive Images Peace Festival Poetry Competition 2018 with the theme ‘Safe Places’.  The prize giving was held on Saturday 10 November at the Hope Centre in Hillfields.  I must admit I was nervous in the build up to this event last … Continue reading Ruth