National Poetry Day – October 8th

Browsing Twitter this morning, I noticed that National Poetry Day was trending. What better inspiration for a blog post! Except … poetry isn’t really my thing. As an adult, I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book of poetry. I suppose I perceive poetry as hard work compared to …

Magical Books: The Moomins

  As a child, I loved the Moomin books. The Moomins are a family of white roundish characters that look a little like mini hippopotamuses. Given the name, I think I assumed they were a kind of Finnish fantasy troll! What attracted me to the Moomin stories was the carefree nature …

Magical Books: Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott books were a childhood favourite of mine. Her most well-known book is LIttle Women, popularised more recently by the 1994 film starring Winona Ryder. The film, and many versions of the book, include both the first and second book in the series, Good Wives. The plot follows …

Books From New(ish) Writers

I meant to be more organised with the blog the last couple of weeks but: Busy Life + Norovirus = No Writing. So, to amuse you all today, I am going to recommend some books written by fellow members of Scribophile, all of which I have read and enjoyed. If …

BOOK REVIEW: DREAM EATER’S CARNIVAL

Dream Eater’s Carnival (Bitlather Chronicles) by Leslie Anderson & David T. Allen  Desperate for adventure, the headstrong Leisl abandons her sterile cathedral life for a mysterious traveling carnival. Surrounded by vibrant energy and eccentric performers, she finds a sense of belonging. Although she embraces her new life, Leisl is unable …

Short Story: Curtain Call

I wrote this short story (~2,500 words) under the following prompt: In memory of Terry Pratchett write a story that showcases the following: -characters who face death bravely -stories that turn the traditional ideas of death on their heads   Curtain Call The No.1 bus trundled along the streets of Bristol. …