Nottingham’s first Festival of Literature

8 - 13th November 2016 Powerful messages From Over the Wall: global influences in UNESCO’s City of Literature Featuring Amit Chaudhuri, Jack Monroe, Jon McGregor, Katherine Quarmby, and Virtual Writer in Residence, Omar El Hazek Nottingham’s first Festival of Literature delivers a series of powerful messages from ‘Over the Wall’ providing a welcoming platform to voices that ...

Christmas cheer as Sledge-Lit presents a day of horror, fantasy & science-fiction

Hey all, how are you doing? It’s a cool, wet Wednesday morning and I’m glad I’m indoors. You know that really cool Derby Writers’ Day I attended a few weeks ago? Well I’m pleased to report that The QUAD will be presenting a new Christmas science-fiction, fantasy and horror event taking on the 21st November ...

Friends Reunion, Books, Theatre & Cake… what an epic week!

Hi all, how are you on this crisp Thursday morning? It’s been a busy week so far. I caught up with some dear friends from university, earlier this week whom I haven’t seen for over 15 years. It’s amazing how time melts away and you can all slot back into your younger selves (age is ...

Spanish pepper, Buxton Fringe Festival… and a blow-torch!

Hello All, How are you doing? It’s been another good albeit crazy busy week for this Derby Foodie. I met the lovely David Nicholls, one of my favourite authors of all time at the Derby Book Festival. It was something of a dream come true, but more of that in a different blog post. I also ...

Test Kitchen: Andalucian fish stew (yum yum yum)!

Hello All, Hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far. What are you up to in Derby and beyond? It’s been a pretty chilled out one for me, one that involved plenty of cooking, eating, sleeping and writing (just a bunch of my favourite pastimes). I dined at Zizzi in Derby on Saturday for lunch. I thought it ...

Reading, Books & #WorldBookNight!

Hello All, Hope you’re doing well? I just had to hop online to share some exciting news with you. The email dropped earlier today, letting me know that I’ve been chosen as a World Book Night Giver (triple whoop)! WBN is a fantastic initiative championing reading and I’ll be on the streets of Derby dishing out ...

Derby BookCakeClub: David Nicholls’ US + Swiss Roll = Win Win!

Hello People, How are you? It’s been a busy few weeks, what have you been up to? I organised my first BookCake Club in Littleover Derby earlier this week and it was such fun to connect with like-minded fellow bookish foodies with cake on the mind. We read and discussed Us by David Nicholls, a real ...

Bargainous Rice Steamer + Tiger Loaf = Lidl Rocks!

Hello! How are you? It’s Sunday night all over again and I cannot help but think, “Where on earth has the weekend gone?” One of the joys of being a writer, is that it’s very rare you’re “off duty”. I suspect my brain doesn’t know when, or even how to switch off. I always have ...

New Year + New Website Launch = Smashing Year Ahead!

Hello All, How are you? With my brand spanking new website hot off the press literally a few hours ago, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to my first post of the year. Sorry I've been away for so long, I hope 2015 is treating you well. Is it too late to ask about your ...

Screaming Snowflakes Book Signing + coffee = PARTY TIME!

Hello guys! How are you? I hope you’re all well and having a blast. As a few of you know, I had my first official book signing earlier this month and had an absolute blast. Thank you so much to all the readers who came and hung out with me, it was an absolute pleasure ...