Refugee Week 2023: Where is the ‘Compassion’?
While Suella Braverman claims her approach to asylum is compassionate, I explore how the reality is very different to the rhetoric for Byline Times.
How Liverpool came alive with Ukrainian culture
When Liverpool was announced as the host city for Eurovision 2023, it was always going to be Ukraine’s party. I spoke to Ukrainians in the city to find out how Ukrainian culture hit UK streets, and what it meant to see it all playing out. For the official Eurovision website, as part of their digital team.
Ukraine's most memorable Eurovision moments
The Eurovision Song Contest has been a story of success for Ukraine, and the country has brought us plenty of unforgettable moments. I explored the moments that mattered most, for the official Eurovision website as part of their digital team.
Culture Can Help in the Fight Against Putin – We Must Not Limit It
Following a decision from the Ukrainian parliament to ban music created by Russian citizens, I wrote for the Byline Times on the issue of cancelling the culture of an entire nation.
We Need to Fight Book Bans, Not Just Fear Them
As book bans sweep the US, booksellers, librarians and readers are fighting back. I wrote an opinion piece for The Bookseller, with an insight into the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine.
The Curious History of Regency Dating
Bridgerton season two is around the corner, but ahead of the flings, frocks, and frissons, is a newly released paperback, The Curious History of Dating by Nichi Hodgson. This book breaks down romance across every period, starting in Regency ballrooms, romping through the war years, and bursting into the Tinder dates of today...
I interviewed author Nichi Hodgson for Reader's Digest.
Sciencing the "Bazinga!" out of The Big Bang Theory
David Saltzberg is the science consultant behind The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. He’s the one who keeps the facts tight. I asked him to take me behind the scenes for TOPIA, and tell me what it’s like to fact-check Sheldon Cooper.
When Beatie Wolfe Beamed Music into Space
This is the age of streaming. So how do we put meaning back into music? Beatie Wolfe is making music more tangible – and it’s even taken her into space. I met the artist embracing silence and musical jackets for TOPIA.
Mental Floss Book Lists
I have a serious reading habit. I don't need much of an excuse to add to my To Be Read pile and am regularly sneaking BSOs (book shaped objects) into the house. Thankfully, I've got an output — books lists at Mental Floss. I regularly compile pieces for this site, from "Books that transport you around the world" to "11 books to read after The Handmaid's Tale."
Finding Calm in Bookshelf Memories
Books mean everything to me. They hold memories. I might hang photos on the wall, and smile as the memories flood back, but instead I put up bookshelves. I write about my bookshelf memories for WhyNow.
I'm Worried How Growing Up In A Pandemic Will Affect My Baby
Every time I swoop my son away from a friend, I feel like I’m teaching him that interacting with others is wrong. Am I doing him harm by keeping him apart?
A regular humour column for Paranting Magazine, through the eyes of my toddler. Join him as he navigates his new world...
Pick up issue two or three to read Baby Talk.