The Blank Piece of Paper

A blank piece of paper – depending on your feelings about generating new ideas for writing – can be either the most daunting or most exciting starting point for a writer.  Let’s assume for a minute it’s the most daunting. The panic of having to put something on the paper and the possibility that whatContinue reading “The Blank Piece of Paper”

My Mum Always Knows

As a child I was occasionally prone to lying. Little lies, like when I told my year 6 teacher that it wasn’t me who’d thrown their cycling proficiency leaflets in the bin. Full disclosure: it was. Come to think of it I also lied to my University tutor about why I missed my library induction.Continue reading “My Mum Always Knows”

Forwards and Backwards

When I met my half-Danish husband eleven years ago, he introduced me to Danish culture. Denmark isn’t somewhere I’d been before or knew very much about – I was more of an Ikea girl, myself. Fast forward a few years and a huge explosion and celebration of all things Danish happened in the UK andContinue reading “Forwards and Backwards”

Honourable Mention

Back sometime near the beginning of 2020 I entered a writing competition. Full disclosure – I didn’t win. I did, however, get an “Honourable Mention” from the judges which pinged through on an email back in October. I told a few people, not many, and some suggested writing a post about it. I’ve been avoidingContinue reading “Honourable Mention”

The Menu

This poem was inspired by our son’s love of baking, cooking, tasting and creating some truly unique dishes! The Menu In my kitchen I can makeChocolate soup, Ice-cube pie,Spaghetti with banana. Sandwich milk,Carrot toastAnd dinner for a Llama. Yoghurt eggs,Avocado cake,Cereal with jelly.Bacon LemonadeAnd tea served in a welly. The specials arePasta, served with broccoli flavoured lollies.Continue reading “The Menu”

The Chapter Book

I have loved writing picture books over the last year – they have proven themselves to be far more complex, exciting and demanding than one might believe of a story, especially one where so much is told through the illustrations and their interaction with the words.  For now though my picture books are resting –Continue reading “The Chapter Book”

Once upon a time…

Whilst visiting a children’s play area this week we stumbled upon this chair and it got me thinking about beginnings. “Once upon a time” is an opening synonymous with fairy tales. We instinctively know which characters to expect, rule of three to pop up and of course, a happy ending – all those expectations fromContinue reading “Once upon a time…”

I Don’t Wear Those Pants

It never fails to surprise me – the number of excuses a three year old can make when they don’t want to do something. They are world class masters in the art of avoidance and distraction, not least when they are required to do something as simple as put on a pair of pants. ThisContinue reading “I Don’t Wear Those Pants”