My Flash Fiction

Since I haven’t read any books recently that aren’t for my University modules (hence the lack of blog posts), I decided instead to just give you a quick taste of what I’ve been doing in my seminars. Here’s a piece of flash fiction that I recently wrote for class: ******************************************************************** Dots of red splatter onto the snow as I trudge along. I inhale deeply, taking in the fresh, open air and letting the peacefulness of it all overcome me. It is eerie how still everything seems, a stillness only broken by the occasional flutter of a bird in the trees, … Continue reading My Flash Fiction

Noughts & Crosses – A Short Review

“Sephy and Callum have been friends since early childhood. And that’s as far as it can go. Because theirs is a world full of prejudice, racism, distrust and mounting terrorist violence. Despite all this, a romance builds between the two friends. But this is a love that could lead both of them into terrible danger…” Sephy is a cross. Callum is a nought. In their world, crosses are the people with all the control and authority, while the noughts are second-class citizens, just because of the colour of their skin. Sounds familiar, right? Fifty years ago, Sephy and Callum’s world … Continue reading Noughts & Crosses – A Short Review

5 YA Books I’m Dying to Read

Since the majority of my book reviews on this blog feature Young Adult books, I’m presuming it’s quite obvious that it’s one of my favourite types of novel. But I need to read more! I’m seriously lacking in the YA department at the moment, so I’m making this list of ‘5 YA Books I’m Dying to Read’ as a reminder, if I ever happen to stumble across one, to buy it. But I also really hope this list interests you, and hope you see something that is your cup of tea. If I’ve missed off one of your favourite YA … Continue reading 5 YA Books I’m Dying to Read

The Versatility of Science Fiction

As you may already know, one of the modules I have chosen to study this year at University is Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction. The chance to study sci-fi in the form of written text rather than film intrigued me; my knowledge of science fiction could definitely do with a polish. In my first seminar for this class, we were instructed to make notes about what science fiction can do that social realism cannot do so well. I found this topic really interesting to think about, so I thought sharing ideas with other potential science fiction writers or those also studying … Continue reading The Versatility of Science Fiction

Why Is Fiction Important?

~~ sorry for the lack of posts of late, I’ve recently started Uni again so my schedule is a bit hectic at the minute~~ Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post titled “Why Literature Is and Always Will Be Important” ( ), which listed several reasons why I believe literature is a powerful tool in today’s world. On Tuesday, I had my first Writing Fiction lecture at University. In this, the lecturer made us students compile our own lists as to how fiction is important. I found many of the responses thought-provoking, and decided I wanted to share them on my … Continue reading Why Is Fiction Important?

If Books Had Soundtracks…

I’ll Give You The Sun Intro – The xx This song has a dream-like quality that just works really well with opening sequences. Alongside the song in the background, on the screen there would be little snippets of Noah and Jude’s artwork accompanying the names of the actors and such. Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio The xx would fade and in comes a sudden powerful, intense burst of noise in the form of Wolf Like Me by TV On The Radio. This is perfect for when Noah is being chased and eventually captured by the “reigning neighbourhood … Continue reading If Books Had Soundtracks…

The List

~will contain spoilers~ The List is a YA fiction novel centred around, as the title suggests, a list. But this is no ordinary list. This list has proven to both destroy and boost self confidence, both degrade and aggrandize reputations, and test friendships of all those involved. It takes no prisoners. The blurb is as follows: “It happens every September- THE LIST is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. ONE IS NAMED THE PRETTIEST, ONE THE UGLIEST. The girls who aren’t picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the centre of attention, and … Continue reading The List