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Review: A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache by Charley Barnes

Discussing love, food, and living with a disability, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache by Charley Barnes is an moving poetry collection that will take you on a real roller-coaster of emotions. And that’s exactly why I love it!    Reading through A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, you can really tell how much emotion and soulContinue reading “Review: A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache by Charley Barnes”

Going out in style – Coventry, the last stop on the Brighter Days Tour!

The third and final stop on the Brighter Days Tour saw me return to my university city of Coventry. The city has some significant memories for me, most of which are good but others are more difficult. The venue, Shop Front Theatre, was just a stone’s throw from my old student accommodation and the threeContinue reading “Going out in style – Coventry, the last stop on the Brighter Days Tour!”

It’s coming home – when the Brighter Days tour came to Leicestershire

The next leg of the Brighter Days Tour saw me return to my home county of Leicestershire. Despite moving over a year ago, Leicestershire still holds a special place in my heart and always will. So, it was only right that it was the next stop on the tour! Fearon Hall in Loughborough was theContinue reading “It’s coming home – when the Brighter Days tour came to Leicestershire”

Officially launching Dark Nights into Brighter Days

Wow! Just wow! The official launch of Dark Nights into Brighter Days in Worcester was simply incredible. Even writing this blog post the day after, I’m still buzzing! The launch, which took place at the intimate Paradiddles Music Bar in Worcester, was a night I’ll never forget. Alongside performances from left to right, Fay Whitfield,Continue reading “Officially launching Dark Nights into Brighter Days”

Performing poetry for mental health awareness

Mental health can affect anyone at any time. It’s estimated that around one in four people will experience difficulties with their mental health, yet despite this, there is still a stigma surrounding the issue. This stigma, in turn, prevents people who are struggling reaching out for help. In 2014, my battle with depression reached aContinue reading “Performing poetry for mental health awareness”

Self-publishing: The Author’s Voice

Over the last ten years, the publishing industry has gone through many changes. Discontented with poor royalty payments and sometimes faced with having to part with thousands of pounds, authors are now turning to publishing DIY, better known as self-publishing, in order to experience the thrill of seeing their book available for people to buy. Over the lastContinue reading “Self-publishing: The Author’s Voice”


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