Stumbling across live music

I love living in a city for so many reasons, but one of which is the richness of live street art and music that you can stumble across – sometimes it’s part of a festival and sometimes it’s just because.  Last night whilst I was ambling around the city centre, trying to decide what I …

Halloween event at Waterstones 

As someone who quietly kinda loves Halloween, but isn’t so keen on having to dress up, I was excited to hear Waterstones Birmingham had arranged a witch-themed author talk and singing for the night itself – authors Laure Eve, and Katharine & Elizabeth Corr. The topic was firmly on witches, feminism and friendship, with the …

#FeminisminYA with Alwyn Hamilton & Samantha Shannon

Waterstones Birmingham are really spoiling us young adult novel readers this year.  After a fantastic talk earlier in the year about the nature of feminism and female positive friendly authors, the bookshop put on a talk hosted by #FeminisminYA creator Mariam Khan, plus authors Alwyn Hamilton and Samantha Shannon. True to nearly all the talks …

2015 film round up

Ever since the 2013 film challenge I seem to have decreased the number of films I’ve seen and 2015 carried this on; although with 34 films at the cinema-ish is still pretty good. The year started off typically with a lot of the films that I thought would be Oscar nominated, and I was right. …

UKYA Extravaganza

What do you get if you put 35 authors in the top floor of a book shop on a Saturday afternoon and a while pile of people who really like books? Chaos. I went along to the inaugural UKYA Extravaganza at Waterstones Birmingham New St, which was organised by authors Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass. The idea …

2014 film round up

I never actually intended to set myself any challenges for films in 2014. I certainly thought about it – see all of the films nominated for an Oscar, watch X amount of foreign/indie/British films, finally see the classic film X. But in the end it came down to realising that I’d already proven I could …

50 films in 2013: How I did

It’s a new year and time to reflect; in January last year I challenged myself to watching 50 films at the cinema in 2013.  Well the year is over and how did I do? I aimed for 50…I managed 74.  So how did I do it?  The short answer is with some good planning, a …