Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor by Dave Haslam - Music, Manchester and More I’ve always felt like a music imposter. Even though I’ve loved music since I was very young - and grew up listening to my dad playing guitar and blues music (which I of course whinged about because don’t all kids whinge … Continue reading Book Review: Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor
Who fancies joining me and two other music-obsessed authors for a chat about….well…books and music? Forum Books, one of the most gorgeous independent bookshops I’ve ever set foot in, is hosting an event on 3rd March (coinciding with my e-book launch!) called How Music Shaped Us. There’ll be me bangin’ on about The Twenty Seven … Continue reading EVENT KLAXON: How Music Shaped Us
Evening all! Since my book, The Twenty Seven Club, published last week, I’m really keen to hear what people think about it, who’s interested in reading and, basically, seeing if I can generate some buzz around it! It’s fun - but also a hard slog publishing independently - so every little bit of online support … Continue reading Back to the 1990s – and a little literary request….
I’m thrilled to share my first novel, THE TWENTY SEVEN CLUB, which is now available in paperback (e-book will follow on official launch day of 3rd March 2021). “A moving exploration of mental health, enduring music myths and why love can help us through.” Stylist It’s 1994. The music industry is mourning Kurt Cobain, Right Said … Continue reading The Twenty Seven Club – out now in paperback
Morning! It’s a strange old year but I’m keeping myself busy planning the (virtual) book launch of my first novel - The 27 Club - which will be out this March! Eek! Anyway, it’s an interesting old journey trying to plan marketing activity for your own book and there’s so much to think about, however, … Continue reading Sign up for my new author newsletter and THE 27 CLUB updates
I’ve been working on this piece for a good few months now....and I am so grateful for everyone’s contribution. It takes a lot to talk about having your children removed, and that’s not purely because of how traumatic it is - there‘s also so much stigma surrounding it. We often think that a mother must … Continue reading We shouldn’t stigmatise mothers who have had their children removed
Behind Newcastle United Foundation’s #BeAGameChanger mental health campaign and the brand new football-themed meditation track
So many people with mental health problems still live in shame - people struggling with addiction, mothers who have had their children removed, people who have been caught in the criminal justice system. Why end the funding now?
It’s 1996, I have literally 97p to live on ’til Tuesday and I really want to go to Shaft at the Welly Club tonight. What’s a girl to do? Easy. Cram a load of vinyl in a record bag and head down to Offbeat Records for a spot of bartering. I’d usually walk away with an empty … Continue reading Adventures in Vinyl
An introduction to my fictional mental health story, The 27 Club