• Why Celebrate International Women’s Day?

    Apparently this question is going to be answered today on International Women’s Day. Do we not already know the answer? Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister since 2013, said on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour recently: ‘We have a way to go before we have gender balance in this world.’ We all know that women have had to fight for basic rights in the past; to vote and to have equal status and pay. But today: Only a quarter of Boris’s cabinet is female (Blair had a third female representation) Less than 24% of the Conservative MPs are women – and given the culture of parliament and the family-unfriendly hours MPs…

  • How does a writer survive lockdown?

    Ups and downs – plenty of drama – laughter and sadness. Here we are in our third lockdown in the UK and just about a year into this pandemic. A time to reflect and look back at how we have…

  • January: 15 beats and a New Story has begun

    January – arguably the longest month of the year – is done. So, I’m very pleased that I managed to buckle down to producing my next novel. Firstly, using the text: Save The Cat Writes a Novel, I designed my…

  • The Carbon Footprint of Food

    From my Down to Earth Blog The BBC aired a programme recently: Horizon – Feast to save the planet. They got 5 celebs to choose from a menu and totted up the carbon footprint of everything they ate. It was…

  • Healthy recipe with sardines

    Me being inventive with Sardines

    I had some fresh sardine fillets in the freezer and decided it was time to cook them. Something healthy after the excesses of Christmas. I looked up some recipes for ideas and ended up making my own recipe. It was…

  • Ancient woodland

    Healing Nature

    This story of the healing power of nature, of ancient woodland and rewilding is one that gladdens my heart. So much so that these are elements that are helping to shape my next novel. Down in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall (Poldark…

  • More Women aged 60 plus are continuing to work

    Women 60+ not giving up!

    For the first time in the UK, there are more women aged 60 to 64 in work than not, according to the Office for National Statistics. In fact there has been an increase of 51% since 2010. I know that…

  • August Newsletter

    August was a surprisingly lovely month for me. Visiting my mother in Seaford – the first time we had come face to face since before lockdown – was a lot of fun and it was so great to take her…

  • July Newsletter

    Reflections of a Writer July – the month we were set free from our homes Embed Twitter YouTube Facebook Instagram WordPress SoundCloud Spotify Flickr Vimeo Animoto Cloudup Crowdsignal Dailymotion Imgur Issuu On 4th July – our release date – I…

  • Over fifties to self-isolate – huh!

    On Sunday morning I had a very rude awakening! I was listening, bleary eyed to my go-to radio station, Times Radio, when the female presenter airily commented that over 50s were going to have to shield. I suspect she was…

  • Domestic Goddess or Fed up with cooking?

    Did you enjoy cooking in lockdown?

    Or did it become a daily chore? I enjoy cooking. I like trying new recipes, as those of you who know me, are already aware. Every now and then I produce a meal and The Grey asks, worthy of a…