Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.

Perfect Ten is Published!

Posted Posted in Creativity, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

I am very pleased to announce that Perfect Ten has now been published in paperback and ebook. I would like to thank my agent Judith Murray and everyone at Greene and Heaton for their support. Also my editor Sara O’Keefe and Susannah Hamilton, Kirsty Doole and Jamie Forrest and everyone at Corvus Atlantic Books for their […]

Perfect Ten: What is ‘gaslighting’?

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

Perfect Ten has been read in an online book club this last week and one of the question that has been asked most is: what is gaslighting? This also raises the question of what Perfect Ten is really about. On the surface it’s about a woman’s quest for revenge on her ex-husband for his infidelity. […]

Madonna at 60

Posted Posted in Facebook, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Menopause, The 'Me' Project, Uncategorized

I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

It’s Always About the Children

Posted Posted in Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Love

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 […]

Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

Posted Posted in Books, Change, Creativity, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

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 […]

Thankful Thursday: a few good things

Posted Posted in Freedom, Love

I’m thankful for loving. Not love, because I have my reservations about the greeting-card socially constructed model of ‘love’ that fuels jealousy and obsession and is on the opposite dialectic to hate. More of a action of loving, because it feels good. Whatever drives people in loving, where people have a mutual respect and would […]

Posted Posted in Addiction, Freedom, Writing

This week has seen me begin a new non-fiction project where I will be writing about psychology. As in any project, the first delicious part is research. I always feel like I am somehow not working when I am researching, perhaps it’s because my passion lies in knowledge and if left to my own devices […]