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.

Bestseller Random Acts of Unkindness is on sale at $0.99…

Posted Posted in Life, Love, Manchester, Writing

American friends, DS Jan Pearce Bestseller Random Acts Of Unkindness is $0.99 from 11/12 t0 11/19. DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions. Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that […]

Visiting Forever Manchester

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminist, Identity construction, Life, Love, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

A couple of weeks ago my daughter rang me at work and asked me if I  would like to do a podcast for Forever Manchester. She is an ambassador for them and has contributed a podcast herself, and she thought it might be fun. I thought I would find out a bit more about Forever […]

Perfect Ten Revenge Playlist

Posted Posted in Life, Love, Perfect Ten, Revenge, Uncategorized

Perfect Ten has a theme of revenge, and while that is not the only theme of the story, a series of revenge songs are scattered through the story; in fact, Caroline Atkinson makes her own ‘Cheating Bastard Playlist’! And here it is: I think it would be fair to say that Caroline Atkinson is angry. […]

My Write as a Woman

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Hope, Identity, Life, Love, Manchester, Narrative, Writing

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 […]

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 […]

Manchester

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

Posted Posted in Fiction, Hope, Life, Love, Manchester, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

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 […]

Find the good… #findthegood

Posted Posted in Depression, Hope, Life, Perfect Ten, positive thinking, Uncategorized

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 […]

The Jigsaw

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Life, Writing

Two weeks ago I went to London to meet with an agent. The agent in question agreed to represent a book I am co-writing with Anstey Spraggan about step-parenting. I’m delighted to say that we have started work on the proposal and sample material with an editor and hopefully that will be complete to the […]