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Cannabis bumblebees in 2020 by Brey Willows

It’s said (by someone far more intelligent than myself) that true change comes from within. Now, apparently those of us with the mental capacity of cannabis infused bumblebees are supposed to understand what that means at some point in our rather muddled and messy lives. I am happy to say I made a few breakthroughs… Continue reading Cannabis bumblebees in 2020 by Brey Willows

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Different Isn’t Bad by Ileandra Young

Well this year sucked. There isn’t really any other way to spin that, is there? Pure Suckage TM. But we’re here, which means we have an advantage. It means we’re able to look forward and work together to make next year better than this one. And…bright side? It won’t be hard, right? I mean…surely we… Continue reading Different Isn’t Bad by Ileandra Young

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Positive transformation by Charlie Cochrane

Change. It can be exciting, scary, welcome, positively terrifying or a mixture of all of these and more. However and whenever it comes, it’s emotionally unsettling one way or another.  2020 has certainly been an interesting year, in that old curse, “May you live in interesting times!” sort of way. All of us have had… Continue reading Positive transformation by Charlie Cochrane

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Imagination running dry? By Aimee

Woolgathering in cafés or people-gazing… My usual sources of inspiration have been sorely lacking lately, thanks to lockdown. And my other main source, travelling… Well, not possible either. I could, of course, walk around every day in the 1 km perimeter allowed, and try to soak up the atmosphere, but it’s just not the same.… Continue reading Imagination running dry? By Aimee

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Manic Crafting by new author Lyn Hemphill

A couple of days ago I decided to have a day off from my usual job (I mark papers and tutor kids for an online school, so unsurprisingly we’ve been pretty busy during the Coronavirus lockdown!) and spend all of my usual work time writing. I managed 900 words. By the end of the day… Continue reading Manic Crafting by new author Lyn Hemphill

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And So it Begins by Victoria Villasenor

May, 2020. We're heading toward June. Six months of the year seem to have drifted by, pushed by the winds of change none of us expected but all of us, globally, must deal with. It is the eleventh year of the Bold Strokes UK festival. We passed our decade mark, and we're heading into our… Continue reading And So it Begins by Victoria Villasenor

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A Decade Of Words

Ten years ago, a new Nottingham author got in touch to say she'd like to do a reading/signing at Waterstones; could we help her make it happen? A decade later, we're still doing those author readings/signings. It grew from that one weeknight that had been shifted at the last minute and included three authors, to… Continue reading A Decade Of Words

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New from Anna Larner: Love’s Portrait

Love’s Portrait is a vibrant contemporary lesbian romance with a historical twist. Sparks fly between Molly, an art curator, and Georgina, her museum’s aloof benefactor, as they research the portrait of a 19th-century lesbian social activist and try to convince the museum’s board to display it. *** “My intention?” Molly instantly thought again of Edith’s… Continue reading New from Anna Larner: Love’s Portrait

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All the Feelings by Amy Dunne

Every year, for the last seven years, I’ve attended the BSB UK Book Event. I look forward to it every single year. I’ve always been an avid reader and so many of my favourite novels have been published by BSB and their very talented authors. I love hearing the authors read from their own books,… Continue reading All the Feelings by Amy Dunne