Film (Re)View – Hostiles

When I saw the cinema listings and read the write up, I can honestly say that this movie did not float my boat, but having listened to Rosamund Pike on Radio 2, I thought I'd give it a go - it was the playing cowboys and indians comment that did it 😉 Harrowing is probably … Continue reading Film (Re)View – Hostiles

Film (Re)View – The Greatest Showman

Breathtaking movie, I have to say, with a musical score that will leave you smiling even on your darkest day. True to the real story? Well, I'm not so sure of that, but would it be quite as wonderful if it were too close? I'll let you decide. From what I know of Phineas Taylor … Continue reading Film (Re)View – The Greatest Showman

Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

Perhaps you should........ For many moons the ghost story has been the festive treat on Christmas Eve. The Victorians used to go crazy for a yuletide ghost tale, as they did for most tales of the dark and supernatural variety. But, the tradition for telling ghost stories on what is now a festive and joyful … Continue reading Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

Film (Re)View – Wonder

During my school visits to promote my first children's book, The Misfits, I was made aware that many schools have been reading Wonder in an effort to help kids understand the impacts of bullying and of being different and not fitting in. It seemed fitting, therefore, to go and see the movie version of the … Continue reading Film (Re)View – Wonder

Wales Comic Con 2017

What an Amazing time I had this weekend at Wales Comic Con. I met some incredible actors for a chat and a picture - Denis O'Hare and Eddie McClintock, who both took home a copy of Bonds. Eddie gave me cuddles too. Mark Addy was lovely and I hope his New York play, Hangman, comes … Continue reading Wales Comic Con 2017

What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,  Retain that dear perfection .….” (Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene II) In this world famous quote, Juliet argues that it doesn’t matter to her that Romeo is from … Continue reading What’s In a Name?

Author Visit to Lower Heath Primary School

I had an amazing morning at Lower Heath Primary School, talking to the children about my life as an author and how I go about writing my novels. I even introduced them to Achoo, Mina, Boo and Zoe who, of course, were a huge hit! It's such an honour to be told by parents that … Continue reading Author Visit to Lower Heath Primary School

Authors, Books and Bubbles at Alkington Grange Barns

Fantastic afternoon and evening at the delightful Alkington Grange Barns, near Whitchurch. Full of storytelling, book-selling, chatter, laughter and bubbles. Seeing children and adults alike enjoying The Misfits was a great pleasure for me....as was scaring the adults at the end of the night with a much darker and sinister tale 🙂 Here are a … Continue reading Authors, Books and Bubbles at Alkington Grange Barns

Film (Re)View – Murder on the Orient Express

As I have never seen the original or read the book, I went on this journey with an open mind. I had heard the comments about Branagh vs Suchet and 'that moustache', but I didn't let any of it sway me as I sat down for my first trip on the Orient Express. First off, … Continue reading Film (Re)View – Murder on the Orient Express