5. Life Is What Happens to You When You’re Busy Making Other Plans (or the Joy of Fitting In)

Photo of Me and my Amy

New from Wes Anderson

‘Tis a beautiful thing to fit in

to feel welcomed like the warm embrace of your bed

to feel your cheeks ache with uninterrupted smiles

work is work as it always will be

but the little joys of easy conversation help the time fly by’ Continue reading


4. The Two Sides of Socializing

I’m an introvert. Often I don’t like it and wish I wasn’t but I embrace it and any achievement in which I pass a social barrier fills me with pride.

I like to take some time to myself, quietly adjusting to a new reality. It’s not that I see anything wrong with parties or large social gatherings, I just either don’t get invited to “those sorts of parties” or find far more enjoyment in something quiet and considered with people I trust and can open up to. Continue reading

Shakespeare Double Bill: Isle of Wight Literary Festival

On Saturday 15th October there will be very exciting opportunity to see a double bill of Shakespeare at the Trinity Theatre Cowes.

Beginning at 7.30pm will be The School of Night, The Rhapsodes.


Hilarious, ingenious and completely improvised, inspired by suggestions from the audience, the Bard has never been this much fun. If you are an aficionado of improv, Shakespeare or extreme theatre, this is truly one not to miss

Followed at 8.45pm by a talk from one of the world’s leading Shakespearean actors, Michael Pennington, as he talks about his fifty years experience in Shakespeare.


He’ll bring the story up to date with his enthralling account of playing King Lear. With the help of his new book King Lear in Brooklyn, Pennington gives a fascinating insight into the experience of preparing, performing and triumphing in what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most demanding role. Funny, highly personal and deeply illuminating, both honest and scholarly, King Lear in Brooklyn is a unique encounter with one of our finest actors/writers at the top of his game.

If you’re a fan of Shakespeare or just interested in witnessing some first class performance then come to the Trinity Theatre on Saturday 15th October from 7.30pm – 9.45pm.

Tickets are £12.00 for both parts and there will be a 15-minute interval.

Tickets are available to buy here: http://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival


Hello to all. From the 13th to the 16th of October The Isle of Wight Literary Festival will be returning to Northwood House in Cowes, Isle of Wight, for the fifth time.

Yes for four days you can come and enjoy some of the best events that the festival and the Island has to offer. From wonderful local authors, musicians and guests to quizzes, workshops and plenty of activities for the kids.

The event will take place in locations across Cowes and will again display the incredible amount of talent we have locally and further afield.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/

It’s an event not to be missed!

1. The Interim: Poised Above the Keys

From the top. Hi. It’s time to start writing again.

It’s the start of September, the rain is chilling the summer air and there’s a whiff of Autumn on the horizon.

I’d go as far as to say it’s the best part of the year, a time where the deluge of bad weather evokes a deeper state of relaxation and we can sit in our warm bedrooms listening to the sound of rain. Continue reading

Class of 2016 Part 2: University XII

gradI’ve had an awful lot of trouble writing this, my final part in a series of posts about my time at University. Whereas the previous post came out of me with ease, it seems that this ending is a lot harder to construct. I’ve tried talking about something, realising I’ve rambled for two paragraphs and then started again.
For whatever reason, I just don’t know what to say. What does one say? How do you sum up three years of your life in a succinct and entertaining way? Continue reading

Apocalypse Thoughts

Saw X-Men Apocalypse again and the good bits were better and the bad bits, the majority, was worse. I can’t help but feel the film should’ve dialled it down and become something more personal. Focus on the Magneto storyline and have him be the antagonist, with Quicksilverwrestling with telling Eric he’s his son.

He then essentially saves the day with the help of Charles and talks him down. In the middle, Mystique has a shock death at the hands of Magneto which only helps to spur him on.

Feel that would be way better than blue man and friends.