Book Review: Skein Island By Aliya Whiteley – A thrilling sci-fi novel that brings the power of storytelling and ancient legends to an unsuspecting modern world

Marianne Spence isn’t sure she wants to ignore the letter she receives inviting her to Skein Island. It drags up painful memories from her past that awaken her need to find answers to questions she never thought she would get the chance to explore. As she ponders whether she should accept the invite, a meeting… Read More Book Review: Skein Island By Aliya Whiteley – A thrilling sci-fi novel that brings the power of storytelling and ancient legends to an unsuspecting modern world

Book Review: Between the Stops – The View of my Life from the top of the Number 12 Bus by Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig is one of the UK’s most beloved presenters. I’m a fan. She often has me giggling because of some witty remark on Q.I. or at her antics with co-presenter Noel Fielding on The Great British Bake Off. As soon as I could get my hands on a copy of her memoir I did.… Read More Book Review: Between the Stops – The View of my Life from the top of the Number 12 Bus by Sandi Toksvig

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and The Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove – A spooky festive mystery to curl up with on a dark winter’s night

There is no better time of year to set a ghost story than at Christmas. The nights are long and dark. The death of the year looms over us. With the crackle of the logs burning in the fire place (or as in my case, a 10 hour long YouTube video of Christmas ambience being… Read More Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and The Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove – A spooky festive mystery to curl up with on a dark winter’s night

The Gentleman Jack Tour Weekend – A Sapphic literary getaway inspired by the diaries of Anne Lister

Earlier this year the incredible TV series Gentleman Jack was brought to our screens by HBO and BBC one. Set in Halifax and York, the show explored the life of Victorian lesbian Anne Lister. Now, Diva Destinations, a travel company for lesbian women gives you a chance to explore the world that filled the pages… Read More The Gentleman Jack Tour Weekend – A Sapphic literary getaway inspired by the diaries of Anne Lister

Book Review: Soon by Lois Murphy – Old school horror set in small town Australia

The horror of this book will creep over you and surround you like the mist that haunts the residents of the small Australian town from its pages. Soon by Lois Murphy tells the story of Pete, an ex-cop living in the town of Nebulah with his dog, Gina. The town was never hugely populated before… Read More Book Review: Soon by Lois Murphy – Old school horror set in small town Australia

Diversity in Children’s Literature: How Imagine Me Stories shines a spotlight on black characters in children’s books

The delight of reading as a child is being able to image yourself as the hero. Looking at the adventurer on the page and seeing yourself in them can really spark a child’s creativity. Having characters that children can identify with in books is a powerful form of representation. It says to them that there… Read More Diversity in Children’s Literature: How Imagine Me Stories shines a spotlight on black characters in children’s books

Book Review: Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering – Wicked New Tales of Witchery

Have you ever imaged what it must be like to hear the tales of a coven of incredible women? Editors Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering have conjured up just that. Inside the pages of Hex Life are a collection of enchanted tales from the pens of eighteen fantastically talented female authors. Within these stories… Read More Book Review: Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering – Wicked New Tales of Witchery

Book Review: We Have Always Been Here – Samra Habib’s Queer Muslim Memoir

We Have Always Been Here is the fantastic queer Muslim memoir of editor and photographer Samra Habib. In the book she details her life so far starting with her birth and early childhood in Pakistan. There are some beautifully written snapshots of her early life in the first part of the book. Her memories of… Read More Book Review: We Have Always Been Here – Samra Habib’s Queer Muslim Memoir