I lived in Bath for five years so it was nice to re-visit the picturesque city to write this piece on it’s top attractions for Somerset Life magazine. Please excuse the late posting – busy times!
My latest craft tutorial for Dog’s Monthly magazine sees me turn a plain chopping board into a kitsch lead holder. If you’re a dog owner why not make one? Guaranteed to get tails wagging!
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One of the things I love most about being a freelance journalist is the interesting people I get to meet – architectural sculptor Timothy Richards definitely being one of them. I spent a day at Tim’s workshop in Bath and discovered he’s actually a one-off in the world. In this feature for Somerset Life magazine I explore his exquisite models, which manage to embody the very essence of architecture. In these times when the mass produced seems to prevail, it’s so very refreshing to meet a true master craftsman who’s bucking the trend. Please have a read below.
Offices don’t make you fat. The walls don’t secrete lipids, which you unknowingly absorb through your pores. Unless you work in sweatshop, you aren’t forbidden from moving around. It’s just difficult, with little need for movement in order to fulfil your role and the constant supply of indulgent treats. The answer? These hacks I wrote for Lifehacker can help you avoid gaining weight by sitting in the office…
Having met Laura Lane at The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey earlier this year – her distinctive granite look ceramics caught my eye straight away – I was looking forward to meeting up at her studio and finding out where her creativity comes from. In this feature, published in Cornwall Life magazine I find out – you can read the whole feature online here.
Issue 2 of Inspired Bride hits the shops today. I had butterflies in my stomach when we sent Issue 1 of Inspired Bride to the printers last month and when I first saw it on the shelves of WH Smith! I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by all the positivity surrounding Issue 1 – thank you to everyone who bought the first issue and all of you who took the time to reach out and tell me how much you loved it!
Here are some sample spreads:
I’ve just completed my first month at University College Marjon, Plymouth, where I’ve been a part-time guest lecturer, across their Media and Journalism courses. It’s been a steep learning curve – getting to grips with academia again, public speaking and changing my mind set from media creator to media teacher, but I’ve certainly enjoyed the challenge and the added variety to my working week. The seminar I’m taking this week is on review writing and next week’s lecture is on travel writing, then I’m moving on to teach some basic photography and image editing skills. I hope to be asked back next term too.
In the Sunday Times University Guide, UCP Marjon ranked 4th for Teaching Excellence (ahead of Oxford University) and are ranked 3rd overall amongst university colleges. Ofsted have rated their Primary Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’. The university college offer a great range of courses from Foundation Degrees & Progression Courses to Honours Degrees and Postgraduate study. UCP Marjon has built a reputation for being ‘small and friendly’. With around 3500 students, the class sizes are small, which means tutors and fellow students get to know each other, but the institution is large enough to provide excellent facilities and social activities. Visit www.marjon.ac.uk.