Why you should never judge a book by its cover… or its first publication date!

One of the suggested reading books for the MA in Professional Writing was a book titled ‘Becoming a Writer’ by Dorothea Brande. It was first published in 1934 and Brande refers to using a typewriter throughout. I am now embarrassed to admit that when I started the book, after seeing the first publication date, I was not looking forward to it, assuming that it would … Continue reading Why you should never judge a book by its cover… or its first publication date!

New Year…New Hopes, New Motivation!

Happy New Year Everyone! I love the festive period. In the past month I’ve over indulged in food, wine, giving presents, receiving presents and I’m very thankful to be in a position to be able to do so. I’ve loved all of it however, there’s something really satisfying about stopping all the excesses and starting afresh on the first of January. Although statistically most New … Continue reading New Year…New Hopes, New Motivation!

Book review: Shanti and the Magic Mandala by F. T. Camargo

Book Blurb: Shanti and the Magic Mandala is an adventure in which fantasy and reality are mingled. The book tells the story of six teenagers, from different religious and cultural origins and different parts of the world, who are mystically recruited to form two groups – one in the Northern Hemisphere, and one in the Southern. They eventually gather in Peru, and through a single … Continue reading Book review: Shanti and the Magic Mandala by F. T. Camargo

A Refugee

I hope you’re comfortable, As you sit, in the safety of your home. I hope you’ll never really understand my situation, Desperate and alone. I walk with thousands, Yet I’m unseen. I hope you’re happy, As you tuck your children into bed. I hope your child is never frightened, Like mine is, as we push on ahead. We search for safety, Yet we’re not seen. … Continue reading A Refugee

Ear ache and nationality troubles in Italian A&E

I’d been suffering with a blocked ear and ringing before we even left Rome to sail to Greece. It started the day before we left, so on the day of our departure I went to the marina office and asked for the details of a doctor that could help me. I went and to my surprise realised I’d been sent to a gynaecologist! He did … Continue reading Ear ache and nationality troubles in Italian A&E