Category Archives: Books

Book Post – Rise Up & Repeal

‘Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mBan. There is no Freedom until the Freedom of Women.’                                                   … Continue reading

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Book Post – The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree by John Rebholz. Illustrations by Zoe Saunders. Published by Lightning Source. 2018. A young soldier sits in a trench, his head bowed in concentration. As a new father sent to fight in the First World War, he … Continue reading

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Charity Writing Competition Finale

The results of the Link Age Southwark UK & Ireland-wide writing competition were celebrated this month as part of the charity’s twenty-fifth birthday party. It was a lovely evening during which many dedicated volunteers were recognised for their ongoing commitment and support. … Continue reading

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When in Doubt, Go to the Library

The local library I used to visit as a young child has recently closed down, prompting me to contemplate the many positive experiences I’ve had at libraries throughout the world. Kents Moat Library was a tiny but vital community hub … Continue reading

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Link Age Southwark Charity Celebration

I’m delighted to be volunteering with Link Age Southwark, a fantastic London charity providing support for isolated older people in the community. I’m organising a UK and Ireland-wide writing competition to celebrate the charity’s 25th birthday this year as well … Continue reading

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A London Literary Salon

This month I went along to the Tea House Theatre for a Words Away literary salon. These monthly talks aim to ‘bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.’ Event founder and host Kellie Jackson welcomed award-winning novelist Tessa Hadley to explore … Continue reading

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Celebrating Jane Austen at the Althorp Literary Festival

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. I was thrilled to attend the Althorp Literary Festival for a talk by Paula Byrne. Paula’s book The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She … Continue reading

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