Lunchtime Poems – Part 1

I once learnt about Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems, a collection of poems that were written spontaneously and briefly, during his lunch hours. I thought I would try something similar myself. I'm not claiming to match his poetic talent, but I think this is a good way to get back into creative writing, and to make good use … Continue reading Lunchtime Poems – Part 1


Books that made my year in 2017

2017: the year that I had to commute to work, the year where change seemed prominent and the year where I have read the most. Exploring the world of publishing and being alert to trending contemporary fiction, the novels I read last year helped me to feel understood and weirdly, more stable. So here are … Continue reading Books that made my year in 2017

Gravel Heart – An interview with the author

On turning to the last page of Gravel Heart I found that the author, Abdulrazak Gurnah, happened to be living in the same city as myself and to have been teaching at the University I recently attended. For some reason this meant that I felt I was able to reach out to Abdulrazak, and luckily … Continue reading Gravel Heart – An interview with the author


Peach by Emma Glass

Peach is the first book in a while that I have read in one sitting. Released this weekend, this book reflects everything I could only dream of being able to write. Having read plenty of Rupi Kaur, I would say that this novel explores similar themes with just as much vigour and brash bravery, if … Continue reading Peach by Emma Glass


The Lake District: A Treat for the Senses

The conservation of spectacular landscapes and a traditional sheep farming culture has recently landed the Lake District with its status as a National Heritage Site. Unesco has even championed the Lake District’s celebration of culture, art and literature, and despite the 18 million people that visit this site each year, this is still the perfect … Continue reading The Lake District: A Treat for the Senses


The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

What better way to soften a young girl to the world than with the presence of a secret garden? Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret garden, is a classic to me because it is timeless. From the age of ten I have enjoyed this book, relating to the story as both adult and child. Do … Continue reading The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett


Washington DC Entertainment and Culture

Washington is a city of contrast, division and wide open space. From the National Mall to sports stadiums and musical novelties there is plenty to see and do. Uber is the preferred way to move around the city but you can also take the metro at similar prices to the London Underground, or even walk … Continue reading Washington DC Entertainment and Culture