Creativity

My Write as a Woman

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A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

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Perfect Ten: writing about revenge…

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It’s ten weeks until my novel Perfect Ten is released so I wanted to talk about how I came to write it and why I chose revenge as the theme. When I tell people that the theme of the novel is revenge there are raised eyebrows and curiosity as to what Caroline, the main character […]

Freedom

It’s Always About the Children

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While I’m sitting here in my privileged, white, affluent life checking my step count and reminiscing about the concert I attended last night, it’s hard to believe that in the USA children are being separated from their parents and kept in camps and cages. I am a psychologist and writer, but I want to put […]

Books

Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

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I went to see the Rolling Stones last week at Old Trafford Football Stadium. I have been a huge fan of them since childhood when my father gave me a record player and some old records. Amongst them was Little Red Rooster and my introduction to blues and rock. It s no secret that I […]

Books

Cover Reveal: Perfect Ten

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Perfect Ten

It’s here! The cover for Perfect Ten is released this week. I am thrilled because it captures Caroline Atkinson’s anger perfectly. My publishers and the cover designer have done a fantastic job, and the tagline, RAGE BEFORE BEAUTY, gives readers a strong clue of what is to come! Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered […]

Books

Angry Women: Picasso and Amazon Reviewers

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Marie-Thérèse Perfect Ten

Last week I was lucky enough to visit the Tate Modern in London to see the Pablo Picasso exhibition ‘1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY’ I knew a little about Picasso’s life but this visit was a real education about who he was, not least how he divided his time between his wife Olga and his […]

Fiction

Let me tell you about love. Let me tell you about Manchester.

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Manchester

On this day, when Manchester wraps its arms around those who need it, I’m sharing a story I wrote last year for Womens Words MCR about my relationship with the city. ‘Let me tell you about love. I lived in Oldham as a teenager, before I knew love properly, but regularly travelled to the city […]

Depression

Find the good… #findthegood

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Life is stressful for lots of people at the moment. The endless gloomy weather we have had in the UK has underpinned a general feeling of dissatisfaction, if the news headlines and social networking sites are anything to go by. In my own life, I am emerging from a bittersweet year when I got my […]

Identity

Great Expectations

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As the date for the release of Perfect Ten comes ever closer – still 25 weeks to go but I am so excited that it may as well be tomorrow – I wanted to write about an important aspect of Caroline, the central character’s, life, how it affects many women’s lives including my own, and how […]