On rainy days, moments when I wasn't outside playing and the hours before bed when I was little I'd occupy myself with some of my mum's books on mythology, faeries and giants. One book stood head and shoulders above the rest for me: Alan Lee and Brian Froud's 'Faeries', I'd happily lose myself in the… Continue reading Meeting Alan Lee and Three Generations of Love for Tolkien.
INTERRUPTING USUAL BROADCASTING. PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT. At approx 4:30 pm GMT strange atmospheric phenomena began to manifest in the skies above cities and towns all across the UK. It is now 5:30 pm and the purple, ultraviolet lights in the sky do not seem to be letting up. Mina Amari is in London where she… Continue reading Writing on Wednesdays #5
From a young age my mother filled my childhood with magic, ideas of paganism, mysticism, faeries, old kingdoms, wizards and spirits. How did she do this? Books. Whether it was Tolkien's The Hobbit, his Lord of The Rings trilogy or books on giants, her love for books and art has inspired my endless fascination with… Continue reading From Celtic Immortal to a New Kind of Vampire.
*Disclaimer: I am not a film expert, nor do I claim to be. However I do love film and through watching (I won't lie, mainly the appendices on the LOTR extended dvd editions) many films over the years, I have learned a lot. So, with that in mind...gimme a chance. A few weeks ago myself and… Continue reading Arrival and The Language of Film.
Last year, in the early summer after I had completed my dissertation for Uni, I had one last creative writing portfolio to complete. This portfolio ended up taking the form of a collection called 'Documents on The Mysteries of Dark Matter', comprising of experimental poetry that focused on the idea of dark matter, dark energy… Continue reading Back to Black: revisiting dark matter and poetry.
After some thought and having spoken to a few people about how to make this blog successful, I am now going to be posting regularly, every week on Fridays! Hopefully I will be able to bring posting up to twice a week, but at the moment, my free time is a little thinly spread. So,… Continue reading Where this blog is going…
Before I get into the bulk of this post, just a forewarning that yes I will be talking about what I was up to in London on the 21st of March and on the 22nd of March, the day of the attack at Westminster. I will not be discussing this matter, not because I am… Continue reading Adventures in Moominland and meeting in London.
As you are probably aware of by now, I seriously enjoyed the Netflix original 'The OA'. I honestly think everyone would benefit from watching it. Why is it so important you ask? Because it makes you think. I have always had a spiritual side to me, a side that believes that there is always a… Continue reading The OA: A New Kind of Spirituality.
The voice of a story be it first person, an omniscient third person narrator, a third person focalised narrator (where the narrator is separate but not necessarily as distant as your standard omniscient voice) is often overlooked, going unnoticed; like a transparent filter we read through but are unaware of. I remember the first time… Continue reading ‘Look at this tangle of thorns’: Narrative Voice and Deception.