Bravo Emma Watson – We Should All Be Feminists

Bravo and well done Emma Watson for starting the Feminist Book Club Our Shared Shelf – what a fantastic idea. As both a woman and mother (including step-mother) of daughters and sons I feel very strongly about women’s rights and society’s attitude towards women in general. My wish for my children is that they never feel restricted or limit their choices in life because of their gender – male or female.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that I am very busy writing the sequel to my debut novel – 183 TIMES A YEAR – I will not have the time to partake in this brilliant reading challenge. However, I will be taking a look from time to time and try to read at least a couple of the books selected to be read and reviewed during 2016.

In the meantime, if you have children entering their formative years or are just beginning your reading journey about feminism, I highly recommend We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It is a very short; easy read that shines a light on both blatant discrimination and the more insidious institutional behaviours that marginalise women.




10 Things To Pack For Your 2016 Writing Journey #writers #writer #2016

Wise words and good advice to kick off the New Year!



  1. Confidence. Let’s all leave behind our literary insecurities that plagued us in 2015. We can all pack lots of confidence and go for it this year!
  2. New Ideas. Pack a couple of new story ideas for 2016. Don’t do anything with them just yet but have them tucked away in your back pocket. You never know when you might need them.
  3. Humour. Being a writer is not easy, in fact a lot of the time its rock hard and soul-destroying so you need to be able to laugh along the way. You can never have enough of this so be generous when packing.
  4. Team Spirit. We are all on the same literary journey and sometimes its nice to help encourage and support others along the way. Make sure your bags contain lots of this.
  5. Patience. Can we all take some of this? We need to be patient with our stories and not be too quick…

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