Cash Carraway Skint Estate

Review Skint Estate by Cash Carraway

I was honoured when Cash Carraway asked me to read her debut memoir, Skint Estate, ahead of publication. I’ve known Cash blogging for about five years, and have followed her journey in awe. From middle class Aga and Le Cruset living, to women’s refuges and mind blowing bullying on social media. Cash is, and has been, many things. Ultimately though, she’s a single mum, in broken Britain, trying to give her daughter the best possible life. Who can argue with that? Skint Estate Review Cards on the table: Skint Estate is not a book I would normally read. A lot …

uk children's writing competitions

UK Children’s Writing Competitions (from July 2019)

I’ve really been enjoying entering writing comps this year, they’ve given my words a new lease of life. Whilst researching the best comps to enter for this article, I’ve happened upon a fair few children’s writing competitions. Seemed only fair to put this guide together, just in case you have some creative kids on your hands who would like to enter. Children’s Writing Competitions ending July 2019 The Betjeman Poetry Prize | closing date: 31st July | age range: 10-13 | word count: none | theme: place | prizes: The winner receives £500. The English department of his or her …

Extinction Rebellion

What an Extinction Rebellion Protest Looks Like and Why I’m Standing With Them #RebelForLife

Yesterday I went into London to see the Extinction Rebellion protests with my own eyes. I’m ashamed to say that until then, I had never joined a protest. I’ve contemplated marching, many times, but have never followed it through. Walking out of Oxford Circus tube and into the crowd felt akin to walking into a club in the late 90’s. Love, hope and togetherness was palpable. People from all corners of the world (and life) making noise for a common cause. In fact the most common cause. We all have to live on this earth, and there will be no …

A Love Letter to My Rock on Our 10th Wedding Anniversary

Dearest Husband, Happy 10/15 years! How surreal is it to be celebrating in Thailand? We’re (almost) back to where it all began. With the addition of course, of three awesome little people and too many wrinkles. Five years ago we were welcoming our little man into the world. We already had our gorgeous girls. The Davis family was complete. It felt like a big deal. Ten years together, five married, three kids. Getting to this anniversary has been a much bigger feat. One that’s difficult to articulate, without having to choke back sobs. We’ve been through the ringer these last …

UK Writing Competitions: Flash Fiction, Short Stories and Novel Extracts (2019)

This weekend I submitted two pieces of flash fiction to UK writing competitions. I’ve also been beavering away on a 5000-ish word short story. It feels sooooo good to be writing again! I spent hours looking for competitions to enter, so thought I’d write up a list for others in the same boat.
 Please note: 
Always thoroughly read the guidelines before submitting your entry. I’ve only included comps open to unpublished writers.
 I shall update this list as and when new competitions are announced. Best of luck! Monthly competitions Scottish Book Trust | monthly prompt for 50 word piece of …