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#BookEnds2021: July

How did it go?I feel I have a bit of a pattern now! Each month I try to cycle between something new (not on the list), something old (i.e. on the list), and something for book group. I read two books from the Book End list this month – Pine by Francine Toon, a slow […]

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Q&A with Extra Teeth

I was recently published in the third issue of Extra Teeth magazine – you can get your hands on a copy here! I was also lucky enough to receive some mentoring sessions from Extra Teeth, so I spoke with the team about the impact it had on my writing and encourage any other writers to […]

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#BookEnds2021: June

How did it go?So. This month I read absolutely nothing from my book ends list. If you’ve kept up with this blog you’ll have seen how my progress was wobbly for a couple of months, but it totally disappeared this month. I’m prone to beating myself up so, instead of that, I had a think […]

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#BookEnds2021: May

How did it go?What a slog! This month was tough – for nearly all of it I was either packing, moving or unpacking. By the time I reached the end of the month I was so worn out I slept through my alarms – and so missed my early morning reading time. You may notice […]

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Q&A with New Gothic Review

I was recently published by the New Gothic Review in their third issue – you can read my story Thicker than Water online now! I had a chat with the team behind New Gothic Review about gothic fiction, writing advice and inspiration, and the silly divide between genre and literary fiction. You can read that […]

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#BookEnds2021: April

How did it go?HOW did I read so much and yet cover so little on the list? Book boxes, gifting and reviewing this month came back to bite me – in a good way, of course, because I loved what I read. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters was a total highlight. I was given a […]

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Writing Inspiration: You Are What You Read

As most writers will know, you are what you read. Roger Robinson said it better than I can in his “Success is in you” manifesto for poets: The quality of poems you’re consuming will have an effect on the quality of poems you’re producing. What you put in is what you’ll get out. Roger Robinson, […]

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#BookEnds2021: March

How did it go?I sat down to write this, feeling pretty impressed with myself – I have only bought three books this year (Circe, The Galaxy and the Ground Within and Straight From the Horse’s Mouth – the last of which I wasn’t counting because it was for book group). And then I realised that […]

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#BookEnds2021: February

How did it go?Oh boy, I stumbled this month. I fell into the classic trap of overbooking myself this month and as such, have had little time (or focus) to sit down and read. I felt so energised about speeding through my bookshelves last month – I even got to speak about this project on […]

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#BookEnds2021: January

How did it go?At 7am my alarm clock goes off. I dropped my phone in the toilet a couple of weeks ago, so I’m blasted awake by a cheap IKEA trilling. This is useful because (a) no phone, no distraction and (b) this aggressive screaming alarm means I am definitely 100% awake. For the next […]