Monday, 7 October 2013

Strictly 2013: Who is going to win it this year?

Image credit: Kettle Mag
As this year’s celebrities prepare for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 on Friday, who has the best chance of taking home the coveted glitter ball trophy?

Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec

Kettle odds: 10/1

Model and wife of footballer Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy is partnered with Strictly newcomer Aljaz Skorjanec. These two are tipped to do well, especially as they are one of the best looking couples in the competition, which normally gives votes a boost. However, Abbey has previously said that her fitness levels are horrendous and that she gets out of breath easily, which doesn’t bode well for the high-energy routines and gruelling training schedules Strictly requires.

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan

Kettle odds: 7/1

Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson and former Strictly champion Ola Jordan seem like a perfect pairing. Ola won series 7 with sportsman and presenter Chris Hollins, and Ashley represents her best chance for a return to the Strictly final to date. With a strong work ethic and some previous dance experience in his pop band allSTARS*, Ashley and Ola are a couple to keep an eye on.

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Monday, 19 August 2013


Last week I participated in GISHWHES 2013. This is the 'Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.' It's an event organised by Supernatural actor Misha Collins, for the charity Random Acts.

Basically it's an international scavenger hunt formed of online teams who go out and complete the 150-odd tasks on the item list.

Sounds simple, right?

Not when you look at the items. For example, one of the 2012 tasks was to get a photo of "a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather." Yeah, I know.

So why would you join up to take part in a seemingly impossible hunt?

I joined not only to donate (registration requires a donation of anything from $10 upwards), but also to have fun. And I did. I met some lovely people during the hunt, did things I never thought I would do, and most of all had a great time.

I definitely plan to register again next year for another go!

Have you ever participated in GISHWHES? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a great new crime novel—well-written and interesting with a fantastic storyline that hooks you straight away.

The story centres around private investigator Cormoran Strike, a one legged war veteran with a broken life. He is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of troubled supermodel Lula Landry (known by friends as ‘The Cuckoo’) along with his new assistant Robin. The deeper he delves, the closer he finds himself to danger in an unfamiliar world filled with multi-millionaire supermodels, rock-stars, and fashion designers.

It’s a shame that this won’t be received as an unknown author’s debut novel. Instead it has been lapped up by avid J.K. Rowling fans, eager to gush about its brilliance to anyone who will listen.
In all fairness, it is a good book, but I worry that the author’s high profile and celebrity status is overshadowing the book’s own merits. When the true identity of ‘Robert Galbraith’ was revealed, the book shot up to the number one spot on Amazon, and became the new ‘must-read’ book of the summer.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Missing Secrets part 2 is now live!

Hey everyone!

If you've been on my blog recently you'll know that I had a novel - Missing Secrets - published online by a website called Jukepop.

Part 2 is now live and up on the website, so take a look here.

Again, if you like it please make an account and + vote the chapter - each vote helps!

Happy reading!

Have you been reading Missing Secrets? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sunday, 9 June 2013


The CCCU Creative & Professional Writing first years joined up with the second years for a week of summer school, in which we made a one-off issue of a university magazine. We each contributed an article, which were all approved by our editor and sub-editor, and the magazine was put together by a professional designer.

Here is the completed magazine. My article is about whether languages should be compulsory in schools, and is on pages 42-43.

Have you read Unipinion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Missing Secrets is published!

The first chapter of my new YA novel, Missing Secrets, is now live!

You can see it on Jukepop here. If you can please take the time to make an account and + Vote the chapter. This means more can people see it and it has a greater chance of being finished!

Jukepop Serials is a new global platform featuring stories from all different genres - published one chapter at a time. It's a great project and I hope you'll support both it and Missing Secrets.

Have you read Missing Secrets? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


If you're reading this, hello! Welcome to my new blog.

I'll be posting any news or information regarding my writing here, as well as anything else important or interesting I might feel like posting. Expect reviews, feature articles...basically anything writing related.