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Writing

I have a lifelong love affair with the written word. I've written for various online publications including digital magazines, literary webzines, as well as a number of blogs. I've had my short fiction published in Woman's Weekly and also write pieces of poetic-prose on the beauty of the everyday for my own blog, Rust & Gold Dust, which was nominated for a Cosmopolitan Blog Award.

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Check out a curated collected of my writing

London: A Tale of a City

A Dickensian twist on the UK's capital

London. A city of Great Expectations. A capital plagued by insomnia; fuelled with the buzz of unlocked potential and the zany hum of wired minds. 

An hour before dawn. The first train rumbles into a platform. An anaemic sun nestles between blankets of smog, clinging to the last wisps of darkness, resolutely undisturbed by the clanging of seven million alarm clocks...

The Cool Side Of The Pillow

A meditation on the joys of the cool patch

Time ticks forward and tocks back again in an eternal dreamscape. Seconds expand like elastic, minutes melt like butter. No alarm. Forget-me-nots forgotten.

Dawn flickers against gluey lashes that shield a neon universe of dripping clock-faces and red raw lobsters. Dusty breath undulates over bubblegum lips into a shallow pool. Rippling, cooling, shivering; an ellipsis floating past a taciturn speech bubble...

How Do You Eat Yours?

An observational piece about boiled eggs

The ideal ending to a bluesy Sunday. You are far too lazy and far too depressed to even consider cooking anything that requires more than three ingredients. Frankly, the idea is absurd.

Thank chickens for eggs. Easy, simple, beautiful eggs. Of course, an egg is not an egg without soldiers. All in a row. With identical suits of black armour. It has to be my mate, Marmite. For those who are too rich, too cultured for poor man’s soldiers, spears of asparagus are the next best thing...

Birds With Balls

A critique of society's attitude to women in the bedroom

Women need to grow a pair. I may sound like a chauvinistic piglet but that’s my right… as a woman. And before you start frowning at the screen in that pretentious, self-affected manner, no, that wasn’t a typo. Let me explain.

Women have been fighting for their rights to be socially, politically and economically equal to men ever since Eve was created after Adam. As it happens, Eve got her own back by tempting Adam with her juicy apples in the Garden of Eden....

Bee Lovely

Neal's Yard Remedies's Save The Bees Campaign

Behold… the humble bumblebees. Small as they are, these little creatures are truly mighty! Bees are precious pollinators responsible for feeding, healing and clothing us. Without bees and wild pollinators, you can forget about everything from glowing wax candles, yummy runny honey, chocolate and your daily caffeine fix. 

Bees are under attack. So much so that experts have warned that honeybees could disappear entirely from Britain by...

Big, Beautiful Eyes

Beauty article for The Upcoming 

If the eyes are the windows to the soul then we’d better make sure we dress them perfectly. Big, beautiful eyes are timeless, pure and not as difficult to achieve as you might think. So what exactly are those ever-elusive insider beauty tips and tricks that really make your eyes pop?

Choosing a shadow that compliments your eye colour can bring out the natural tones in your eyes, making them look extra large. Punchy purples look fabulous with green eyes, while gorgeous green shades bring out brown eyes and tawny greys suit blue eyes...

Cruelty To Books?

A meditation on what it means to love books for Untitled Books

Grains of sand embedded in the spine, pages stained with tea and coffee. Are these the signs of a neglectful reader or do they represent the many moments of all-consuming love for the book that you just couldn’t put down?

It is clear that our book habits are both personal and widely open to criticism. While a well-read book is beloved by all, perhaps wear and tear should be prevented where possible. The question is, how far are we willing to go to safeguard our books?

Dolomites Ski Guide

A three-part guide to the Dolomites for Van Loon Sport

Groomed slopes for all abilities, gorgeous alpine scenery, deliciously lazy lunches and some of the best food and drink you’ll come across, skiing in the Dolomites has a famously relaxed vibe both on- and off-piste that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Draped across the Italian-Austrian border, the Dolomites encompass a dramatic knot of 18 UNESCO-listed limestone peaks that tower over swathes of valleys and clusters of enchanting villages.

Find Yourself In Wonderland

Unravelling life's messages from Lewis Carroll's classic

Alice, we know exactly how you feel about life not making sense. But sense is for tasting. For seeing. For hearing, feeling, smelling. There is no sense in trying to make sense of something that has no sense at all. Life is nonsensical. The wise sense that life is for living, for sensing, for nonsensing. Life is not for trying to make sense. If that sounds like nonsense then it most probably makes sense.

Take a leaf out of the Hatter’s tea cup. Embrace the nonsense. Oh, and drink tea...

Best Travel Books

A list of top travel books for tour operator, Untravelled Paths

We’ve racked our brains to come up with ten of our favourite travel-inspired reads so you can pick up a winner or to help to buy that all-elusive Christmas present for your nearest and dearest.

‘I sought trains, I found passengers,’ writes Theroux in his recollection of travelling through Asia in 1973. A story of adventure  fuelled by the romance of the railway. We particularly love the descriptions of the people he encounters along the way...

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