I’ve recently returned from a weekend break in Amsterdam with my husband and two other couples. The six of us have known each other for years, but this was the first time we’ve all holidayed together.
Oh dear! I’ve seriously let myself down. I’ve fallen behind on my resolution to blog monthly. What on earth happened to October? I’ve no idea. It came and went without me almost noticing.
Australia Trip 2017Posted
Having returned to Sydney from our travels around the Top End of Australia I wanted to update you all on our trip. I’ve had the best time ever! I wouldn’t be able to say which was my favourite place that we visited because they were all special in different ways.
Tate Modern and Australia 2017Posted
Last weekend we went on a family outing to the Tate Modern to see the Giacometti exhibition. How I love family outings and how I love Giacometti’s work.
*Guest Post* Book Review on ‘Ella Minnow Pea’ by Mark DunnPosted
A few weeks ago, my son told me about a review he wrote on a book he was reading that sounded really interesting!
It’s called Ella Minnow Pea and tells the story of a village that slowly outlaws the use of certain letters.
Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz BandPosted
Last weekend, I decided to do something truly spontaneous!
Last Friday night, I was reading the Evening Standard newspaper and saw that Woody Allen was performing at the Royal Albert Hall with his New Orleans Jazz Band on the following Sunday.
Summer Nights and CelebrationsPosted
I’m writing this blog in the blistering heat! It seems that summer has finally hit us as the weather gets hotter and hotter and hotter. We should be careful what we wish for!
How I Started WritingPosted
Since having published There Is Always More To Say the question that I’ve been asked the most is ‘How did you get into writing?’ My answer is always one word: ‘Invigilating’.
There Is Always More To Say – One Year OnPosted
This week marked two important anniversaries in my calendar. Not only was it my own 58th birthday but I also celebrated the first birthday of There Is Always More To Say.
A Family Trip To Cape TownPosted
I’ve been really busy these last three weeks. In fact, it’s been quite chaotic. So I’d like to apologise for my late update.
Things are just about returning to normal.
Spring and SquirlPosted
This week I decided to embark on a new challenge. Ordering made to measure clothes online! Not for me, though! My husband is a terrible shopper and I wanted him to enjoy a new shirt.
David Hockney and A Clockwork OrangePosted
I know that it’s impossible to stop time. But where does it go? And how does the time seem to pass so quickly? And more importantly as time whizzes by what have I been doing?
Enjoy An Extract of ‘There Is Always More To Say’Posted
I’m seriously behind on my blog. I apologise for that. I’m not quite sure where the time has gone, and I seem to have ‘lost’ a couple of weeks in January!
Book of the Month!Posted
Did you notice the addition of the new digital badge to my homepage?! I hope so!
I was thrilled when ‘There Is Always More To Say’
A Family Visit to the V&A MuseumPosted
I had a great Christmas with my family. We went to the V&A Museum to see Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear –
Independent Authors Day – There is Always More To SayPosted
To celebrate Independent Authors Day on Wednesday 14 December, the Book Fairies dropped off copies of self-published books across London Underground. They were celebrating the launch of the first Indie Author Day Underground by @BooksUndergrnd.
Kiss Me – A Hampstead PlayPosted
Sometimes it takes a moment for me to remember how lucky I am to live in Hampstead, and so close to one of my favourite theatres, Hampstead Theatre. I really appreciate the culture it brings to my local area,
My Finished Puzzle!Posted
This morning I woke up to an email from a reader who asked if I had completed the puzzle yet. Yes I have! I’m so sorry! I forgot to post a picture on the blog.
GUEST POST: A Breakdown of the ElectionPosted
Has anything interesting happened this week?
As the world embraces Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, it seems appropriate to invite my son, James Spiro,
David Bowie Personal Art Collection at Sotheby’sPosted
Christmas is just around the corner! How exciting! I couldn’t help but notice when I went to our local shopping mall the day after Halloween that the shops had already disposed of their ghoulish decorations and that the first of the Christmas decorations had started to appear.
Featured on JaffareadstooPosted
I hope you have noticed the addition of the new digital badge to my homepage! I am very proud of the ‘Honorable Mention’ that I received from The Hollywood Book Festival commending There Is Always More To Say.
Trip to Budapest, and more.Posted
Late last night we arrived back from a family weekend away in Budapest. It’s the first time in about five years that we have gone away as a family. And it was great!
The Triskele Litfest 2016Posted
It’s been a very busy and enjoyable couple of weeks! The Triskele Litfest 2016 took place at LIFT in Islington last Saturday 17 September. It was an outstanding event which was extremely well run.
Back from Australia, and the end of Summer.Posted
After our family road trip had ended, I stayed longer in Australia to take up temporary residence in Manly, Sydney. A wonderful self-imposed writing retreat! Last year, I went there to finish off ‘There Is Always More To Say’.
Memories, Both Old and New.Posted
If you’re in the UK and reading this blog today welcome to the start of the long-awaited August Bank Holiday weekend! And if you’re not in the UK, no worries it’s still the start of a weekend!
Portobello Book Blog and Simona’s Corner Of DreamsPosted
Thank you, Joanne from Portobello Book Blog for having welcomed me so kindly (@portybelle) the Author Spotlight and for having chatted with me. I’m enjoying the interviews with all the lovely bloggers as it is giving me the time to reflect over certain aspects of how when and why I have written certain ‘things’. Read more
My Radio Debut!Posted
Another week! Another update! This week has literally flown by!
I was invited to speak to the lovely Hannah Murray on The Book Show at Talk Radio Europe for my radio debut about There Is Always More To Say. Read more
More Reviews and ResultsPosted
I can’t believe that we are now in August! Another week has flown by! And it’s time for more reviews and results on the blog. It’s been a good week Nikki Bywater from Nikki’s Books4U read and reviewed ‘There Is Always More To Say’. Read more
Discovering My Book’s Cover – Being AnnePosted
Happy Monday, everyone!
Another week, another update for you all. Recently, I have been busy at work making sure that There Is Always More To Say continues to circulate the blogging world.
Honorable Mention From The Hollywood Book FestivalPosted
This week I heard back from one of the many writing competitions I have entered over the last couple of months. I wanted to try my luck, as There Is Always More To Say seems to be picking up some attention from various bloggers and local publications.
Reviewed On ‘Linda’s Book Bag’Posted
This week, I connected with Linda Hill, the author of Linda’s Book Bag, a blog dedicated to the reading, reviewing, and publicity of novels among the literary community.
Mentioned on Readers’ FavoritePosted
Sorry I have been so absent recently. But I have just returned from South Africa where I enjoyed an amazing holiday with my husband and two sons.
Thanks To A Wonderful Team!Posted
Another week, another blog post. Today, I thought I’d update you all on my progress, and give my thanks to Ben and Laura from Cameron Publicity personally. The campaign for ‘There is Always More to Say’ has officially come to an end (for now!).
10 Reasons Why Hobbies Are Important To MePosted
Last month, I was fortunate enough to appear in Female First, a publication dedicated to the lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment elements for all things female! While discussing the release of ‘There Is Always More To Say’,
My Favourite ReadsPosted
Thank you to all of you who have already bought ‘There is Always More to Say’. I have had fantastic feedback about the book. In fact,
Welcome to my blogPosted
Welcome to my blog and thank you for visiting! I’m really excited that my debut novel, There is Always More to Say is about to be released. It has always been a dream of mine to write fiction and finally last year I found myself writing it.