New Horror Films Coming Soon

      My hopes for the new films coming out this year are fewer found-footage and possession movies, and more gothic and genuinely creepy stories. Maybe I'm just difficult to please, after all, it seems avid horror movie fans aren't easily scared....

My Favourite Horror Films of 2015

  Confession time. I love love love horror movies. Actually, that might not come as such a surprise if you know that my masters was in Gothic¬†Studies, or that my novel is in the supernatural genre. My love affair with all things spooky began when I was a young...

How Can You Be Better?

  At this time of year, we often focus on the ways we can improve ourselves and the goals we wish to achieve for the following twelve months. We go on diets, join gyms and buy language courses, and a lot of us probably write down the same resolutions we have...

Badass Boudicca

    How much do you know about the place where you live? If it's a big city or you're interested in history, you may already be knowledgeable, but sometimes it doesn't occur to us to find out about the area we call home. I know a lot about the area in...

The Beauty of Ritual

  I'm kind of obsessed with reading about people's everyday rituals, especially writers. Sometimes it's hard to get into the mindset you need for a successful bout of writing. Sometimes your mind is clogged by the cornucopia of articles and kitty YouTube videos...

Mermaids of Sorrento

        So, my love affair with Italy continued recently¬†with a visit to Sorrento. I knew very little of the history of the place, beyond the basics about nearby Pompeii.   A word of warning here, don't get a taxi from the airport. I got...

Tuscany

  I stayed in a beautiful villa in the Camaiore Valley. The villa was once a country retreat for a famous Italian actor, and his family still own the house and gorgeous gardens. I loved the gardens the most, as there was an abundance of fresh herbs, as well as...

Blogcademy Class

  When I was a teenager, the internet was pretty rubbish. I basically only used it to print out pictures and make collages for my bedroom wall, to read up about my favourite vampire movies, or to listen to rare Jewel bootlegs. There weren't many inspiring women...

21 Great Summer Movies

Don't get me wrong, English summertime is beautiful; meadows, beaches, picnics, beer gardens, music festivals, but oh the weather can be a little unpredictable. The past few weeks have been glorious here in the deeply pleasant countryside, but just when you have plans...

Find a Moment of Calm

  I spent the weekend deep in the Yorkshire countryside for a dear friend's hen party. We stayed in a converted barn, drank Prosecco and played some hilarious hen games. Now that it's Monday though, I am keen to make a start on my weekly to-do list. Having a list...

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