ADVENTure: inspiring poetry for Christmas and Advent by Mark Greene

AdventureCoverI came across this gem of a book last year but discovered it too late in December to tell you all about it.  If you haven’t already done your Christmas shopping this is a wonderful present for anyone who has a faith or loves poetry – or both.

The book is a collection of 25 poems and accompanying reflections on the people and events surrounding Jesus’ birth, designed to be read either each day of Advent or over the Christmas period. Each poem is written with deep imagination, literary flair, often with an unexpected twist, and always throwing new light on stories we all think we know too well.   Continue reading

What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer – childrens book for mums who have radiotherapy

Less than 3 years ago, my oldest best friend was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (she’s the one I referred to in my previous post The Colposcopy). Although it was caught early and a less aggressive form, she had the traumatic experience of having a masectomy and a short course of radiotherapy.  And yes, she has two young girls, aged four and six at the time, a husband who commutes from Suffolk to London each day and had just embarked on a new career as a teacher.  Tall call.
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Thankfully, she is now fully recovered and living more than a full life, not only teaching 5 days a week but also doing a Masters in English Lit with the Open University.  In all of this, she has somehow – and I have no idea how – found the time to do a wonderful, wonderful thing: she’s written a children’s book Continue reading

Star Wars – the true feminist awakens

StarWarsPosterIt was a bewildering 38 years ago that I sat in Tottenham Court Road Odeon cinema and saw the very first Star Wars.  It was 1977 and I was a mere 7 years of age.  My London-dwelling Granny had offered to pay for us all to go, all 6 of us.  “Shockingly noisy!” she bemoaned loudly in her cut-glass accent as we left. My mum still laughs about that.  I don’t remember what I thought except that it was the biggest cinema I’d been to up until then.

And so today, we took our youngest 9 year old son to see the much anticipated latest Star Wars film.    Continue reading