If you ask people what the word ‘nature’ conjures up, you will undoubtedly find that it’s a word synonymous with the countryside. You will hear people describe rolling fields, swaying trees, cattle grazing in fields, the cry of pheasants bursting into flight from the undergrowth, tail feathers streaming behind them like kite tails. Yet so … Continue reading Nature – the beautiful myth?
It's been a while since I posted, so this is really just a note to say that I'm still here and to tell you about what I'm working on! The exciting news to report is that I'm now writing on a part-time basis. Thanks to my supportive manager at work, and my kind husband, I … Continue reading Still here!
We all think we understand the pressures facing women today – it’s been a long time since curves were considered fashionable, celebrities seem to get thinner and thinner, and airbrushed images create an ‘ideal woman’ who doesn’t actually exist. I wouldn’t have thought to add ‘other women’ to this list of body image pressures until … Continue reading Why can’t we be nicer to each other?
As a cradle Catholic (now lapsed), I have almost always observed Lent. I have given up a range of things; from chocolate, to The Simpsons, from eating meat to drinking squash. This year, I've decided to do something a little different - I've decided to give up wearing make-up. I don't wear much make-up; usually … Continue reading A make-up free Lent
For long time it has been a dream of mine to interview people. I have always loved meeting new people and talking to them, and ever since discovering the Humans of New York project when I was a teenager, I have wanted to turn these conversations into written profiles of the people that I meet. … Continue reading New year, new project
I recently moved house. I stacked all my boxes of school, college and university work in the corner of the lounge, resolving to drastically reduce all the ring-binders, exercise books and lever-arch folders into one box. Once all the main boxes had been unpacked, I turned my attention to the mound of folders in the … Continue reading What I learned from nearly 20 years in education
Some books are best read slowly. Sometimes, I want to immerse myself in a story or setting, or drift in and out of the book in order to savour each paragraph I read. For the reader, the experience of reading these books is often a journey to be fondly looked back on. Here are my … Continue reading Best books to savour