Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin: Book Review

Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin ‘I tell myself my longings for freedom are nothing but the rhythms of my childhood that still refuse to leave me.’ Star Rating  When Jen’s estranged grandmother Lily passes away, she and her daughter Marianne are tasked with clearing out the remains of her seaside apartment. Inevitably, amongst lazy afternoons baking and evenings spent…

Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist: Book Review

Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist ‘Natalie understood this woman no better than she had at the start. She couldn’t tell whether she had been talking to Wadwha’s fragmented soul or a cold-hearted monster.’ Star Rating  First published in Australia back in January of last year, Medea’s Curse has made its way from Buist’s motherland to…

The Blackbird Singularity by Matt Wilven: Book Review

The Blackbird Singularity by Matt Wilven ‘My legs are jigging and my eyes are wild. I’m holding on to the edge of the table like it’s the edge of the earth.’ Star Rating  Matt Wilven’s debut novel is a haunting story of grief, love and loss in the modern day. When his partner falls unexpectedly pregnancy,…

Wild Life by Liam Brown: a Review

Wild Life by Liam Brown Coming 13.6.16 ‘And at that moment the world seemed to wobble and then topple completely from its axis.’ Star Rating  Liam Brown’s novel Wild Life tells the story of Adam, who can do nothing to prevent his life from crumbling around him when he loses his job as a high-profile advertising…

Letting Go of My Illness: a Spoken Word Poem

Letting Go of My Illness is a spoken word poem about mental health and recovery. I’ve never filmed myself reading before, but I felt that this piece needed to be heard as a performance rather than read on a page. There’s a first time for everything I guess! See more poetry.

Managing Anxiety at Work in the Information Age

It’s 2016 and we’re living in the information age, a time of fast-paced, instant, on-demand information. Of course, this can be really handy, but it can also be a pain, especially when we’re receiving information we’re not looking for. We’ve got phones, tablets, laptops and even watches that send us constant notifications. For those of us…

Hidden Illnesses and Their Effect on Business

Although I’ve already written about Delsion’s Disability Confident event for indycube CIC and for Steps Training Ltd, I wanted to write something from my own viewpoint as well. As a coworking space interested in new businesses, indycube’s blog post focussed on Disability Enterprise, while Steps’ focussed on the current culture of disability in Wales. However, I felt I…

A Blog Post for Father’s Day

Until a few years ago, I never had reason to celebrate father’s day, because I never had a father. Being abandoned as a small child by one of the two people who were supposed to care more about me than anyone else had a massive impact on me growing up – an impact I wasn’t…

Building Dreams: on Self Employment and Taking a Leap of Faith

This week, a potential employer asked me to lose something that has been a part of me since I was just sixteen. Something I have carried with me for nearly six years.. Something important to me… My tongue piercing. Now, this may sound trivial – petty, even – but it’s not just about the tongue…

The Aberystwyth MA Anthology of Creative Writing

Wales Within: an Easter update Since September 2014, I’ve been working with a few of my fellow students at Aberystwyth University on putting together an anthology of Creative Writing, written by the people of Aberystwyth. Over Easter, the collection has been taken to the printers, where it will be produced and made into a full…

To the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham: a Review

 To the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham ‘I hadn’t planned things the way they happened… I didn’t think it would end with her walking out of the night, bleeding and afraid.’ Star Rating Joanne Graham’s debut novel, Lacey’s House, won the Luke Bitmead Bursary in 2012. Similarly to her first book, which tells the story of two…