A lovely literary wedding <3

A bookish wedding for book-lovers and story-tellers This October, ten years since we first became a couple, I was finally able to stand with my husband(!) look him in the eye and make some all-important promises. I walked down the aisle to the tune of Ar Lan y Mor, one of my favourite Welsh songs…

Fairy Tales and Freud: a new blog exploring psychoanalysis in literature

The popularity of a post I wrote a few years back, titled ‘Fairy Tales and Freud: Psychoanalysis in Children’s Stories,’ has astounded me. Having realised how interested people are in Psychoanalysis and Fairy Tales, I’ve decided to set up an independent blog focussed solely on understanding psychoanalysis and its application in literature. I’ve started with…

Touched by Joanna Briscoe: a Review

Touched by Joanna Briscoe ”Where is Eva?’ said Rowena as the sun sank in honeyed shadows over the green, geese flying overhead. No one knew.’ Star Rating  Rowena Crale and her family have moved away from London City to the picture-perfect English village of Crowsley Beck. While the green grass and small-town atmosphere seem idyllic,…

Get Happy: Passion, luck and making things happen

If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading… Last night, there was a bumble bee trapped in my apartment. I watched him trying relentlessly to get through the skylight, which I am too short to reach up and open, (even when I’m standing on a chair… #shortpeopleproblems). Again and again, he…

I’m in Cultured Vultures: Rising Writers!

Cultured Vultures were recently kind enough to feature an interview with me, and even included some of my poems. Check out the interview below, or just scroll down for some poetry! To see the original publication, take a look at Cultured Vultures. Who are you, where are you from, and what makes you tick? My name…

Humber Boy B: a Review

Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall ‘They all felt it… because it had mattered, what Ben did, a great deal. Everyone stood on the bridge had felt the impact.’ Star Rating Humber Boy B is the third Dugdall title starring single mother and probation officer Cate Austen. When I interviewed Ruth about a previous novel, The Woman…

After Before: A Review

After Before, Jemma Wayne Star Rating: The title of Jemma Wayne’s highly accomplished début seems, at first glance, a little contradictory. On reading the novel, however, the words begin to make perfect sense, and are, in fact, the most appropriate combination of characters that could have been chosen to describe this book. After Before follows the emotional journeys…

Y Creadur/The Creature by Harri Gwynn

In a shadowy, circular room at Aberystywth Arts Centre, on the centenary of Harri Gwynn’s birth, writers Robert Minhinnick and Twm Morys came together last autumn to perform the poet’s original 1952 National Eisteddfod entry, ‘Y Creadur.’ As I enter the room, Twm Morys stands below a dome-shaped ceiling. Centre-stage and dimly lit, he welcomes…

The Truth Will Out: A Review

The Truth Will Out, Jane Isaac Star Rating I received The Truth Will Out,  wrapped in brown paper and stamped by Legend Press, through the post not long ago. The pages bound by the mysterious cover contain a thrilling crime story. In the very first pages we jump straight in to the action, as Eva…

Wonderful Women: Female Writers for your Bookshelf

Wonderfully Weird Women Who Write: Why we should read Fiction by Women The Guardian recently featured a small article stating that female writers are often overlooked and marginalised in a male-dominated industry. It’s a widely accepted fact that while women are published in roughly the same numbers as men, their works are sidelined by reviewers…

Between the Sheets: Book Release

Between the Sheets: a Fairy Tale Collection You may already have seen the page on this blog about the work in progress, Between the Sheets. Well, I’ve finally released it as a short collection in the form of an ebook! The book can be downloaded from Amazon as an ebook for the Kindle or straight to your…

Fairy Tales and Freud: Psychoanalysis in Children’s Stories

Psychoanalytic theory, founded by Sigmund Freud during the twentieth century as a means to evaluate and cure mentally disturbed patients, lurks beneath the surface of traditional Fairy Tales, barely hidden. When these stories are read in Freudian terms of latent and manifest content, (as described in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams‘), it’s possible to read familiar narratives as…