Ok so it’s January…get a grip people!

Yes it is the first and possibly dreariest month of 2016, and apparently tomorrow is officially THE most depressing day of the year-although as it is my dear sister-in-law’s birthday too she may have different ideas about that! I am currently working on my first novel. I have written other books before but this is anContinue reading “Ok so it’s January…get a grip people!”

The art of being a step mother (originally published in Red magazine -May 2015)

Stepmothers This was commissioned by RED magazine and appeared in the May 2015 issue. As my new boyfriend Colin ambled towards the corner shop, I wound down the car window and called after him, ‘Don’t forget the milk, babe.’ He turned back with a warm smile, acknowledging my request. Sitting back contentedly, my thoughts driftedContinue reading “The art of being a step mother (originally published in Red magazine -May 2015)”

How was it for you?

How was it for you? How was Christmas and New Year for you? I feel like I have just project managed a massive theatrical event or rock band’s European tour to be honest and I need a long lie down in a dark room until about March. A very good friend of mine described hisContinue reading “How was it for you?”

School age should be based on due date…you don’t say!

I do love a bit of research, especially an actual study. And I particularly like a really expensive bit of research that has been carried out by some really fancy, highly paid people with loads of letters after their name. But, what I REALLY like about a bit of research is when it is statingContinue reading “School age should be based on due date…you don’t say!”

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

I spent some time today at a conference about hate crime, and had the privilege of listening to one of the bravest and most inspirational speakers I have encountered in a long time. Sylvia Lancaster is the mother of Sophie Lancaster, the beautiful, gentle, creative teenager who died six years ago following an attack onContinue reading “The Sophie Lancaster Foundation”


WELL dear reader, it has been a few days of frenetic pre wedding pre amble activity, and as it now the end of term I have officially taken up my new role as teenage taxi service-unpaid of course.   Happy as I am to see my little darlings out and about and doing things suchContinue reading “FESTIVALS, TEENAGERS AND SELFIES”