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Looking back at 2018 // Did I achieve my reading goals for the year?

At the beginning of 2018, I set myself ten reading goals for 2018. Since we’re heading to the end of the year, I wanted to review my goals and see if I’d achieved them. For each goal, I’ll quote my original aim at the beginning of the year, and weight up whether I think I’ve… Continue reading Looking back at 2018 // Did I achieve my reading goals for the year?

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BBC Young Writers’ Award winner announced

The winner of the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) was announced last night (Tuesday 2nd October) on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.  The winner, with her story ‘Under a Deep Blue Sky’, was Davina Bacon from Cambridgeshire. Her short story was a raw and emotionally powerful tale about a… Continue reading BBC Young Writers’ Award winner announced

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Literary Discussions // Why I like having an unwieldy TBR

Friends, this title is not clickbait. It’s true. I have 173 books currently on my Goodreads TBR and, although I sometimes jokingly complain that my TBR is too long, I actually quite like it that way. Before I’m excommunicated from the book community for such a brazen statement, hear me out. Yes, sometimes I wish my TBR… Continue reading Literary Discussions // Why I like having an unwieldy TBR

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BBC Young Writers’ Award // Unspoken by Lottie Mills

This year marks the fourth year of the BBC Young Writers’ Award,which invites all 14 – 18-year-olds living in the United Kingdom to submit short stories of up to 1,000 words. The Award was launched as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations for the BBC National Short Story Award and aims to inspire and encourage… Continue reading BBC Young Writers’ Award // Unspoken by Lottie Mills

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BBC Young Writers’ Award shortlist announcement

The BBC Young Writers’ Award is a short story competition that gives teenage writers aged between 14 and 18 the chance to submit their fiction for the chance to have their story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and read by a top actor (previous actors have included Sir Ian McKellen and Daisy Ridley). The winner will… Continue reading BBC Young Writers’ Award shortlist announcement

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International Day of Happiness: When happiness turns to shame

Yesterday was International Day of Happiness, and I wanted to use the occasion to bring up something that’s come to the forefront of my mind recently: people shaming other people for things they enjoy. There have been many times in recent years when I’ve seen people express excitement for a film/book/TV show/event/piece of media, only… Continue reading International Day of Happiness: When happiness turns to shame

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Rainbow Book Box January Unboxing

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the January box.  Rainbow Book Box is a new book subscription box that promotes diverse and own voices books and last November, I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive one of their trial boxes. They only chose a small number of people to try the boxes, so… Continue reading Rainbow Book Box January Unboxing