The exams are over…

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” Mark Twain We won’t be the only family who has been in the thick of exams and tests this summer – but we have had something of a perfect storm in having two teenagers sitting A levels and one sitting GCSE’s. I can now announce, [...]

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The Big Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged in a blog hop – the first one I’ve taken part in – that was started by Susie Orman Schnall, author of On Grace. You can read the original post here It’s the 40th Birthday Swag Bag Blog Hop, and the premise is that the blogger is going to a friend’s fortieth [...]

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Nottingham Festival of Words

There’s a fork in the road as you head west across America. The signpost points to Oregon in one direction and on the other a bag of gold hangs, temptation swinging in the breeze. The gold rush pioneers made their choice: a life of financial promise or a place where people read and write. So, [...]

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Greater than the sum of the parts

I’m back… … from the seaside. We walked from Portwrinkle in Cornwall to Salcombe in Devon, which included WADING through one estuary. Not exactly what I’d imagined (not having read the book properly before we went) so it was lucky that it was low tide half way through the afternoon. The weather was remarkably glorious, [...]

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Words and walking

In conversation… Anyone who knows me will be very aware that I love a good conversation. Given that Bolder and Wiser is built on conversations, I was so pleased to be continuing those reflections through Q&A at Waterstones on Saturday evening, with Andrew Kells from Nottingham Writers’ Studio. And a glass or two of wine. [...]

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Doubt

 When in doubt…. ….do what? I have been in a period of doubt of late. There are glimmers of coming through it but I’m not out of the woods yet.  I wasn’t sure whether to write a post about this or not (doubt about doubt!). Sometimes, if I am feeling a little wobbly, people say [...]

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What gets me up in the morning – Jonathan Emmett, children’s author

Jonathan Emmett is the author of more than 50 children’s books and his work has been published in 25 languages. In addition to writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and The Santa Trap, he also designs pop-up books. You can find out more about Jonathan’s books at his web site [...]

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“Divine discontent” – can coaching help?

“Divine discontent” … …is how Kenneth Grahame described spring as it struck Mole in the opening to the glorious classic Wind in the Willows. The change of season can unsettle us slightly, in often a good way. It can make us want to throw off the winter and stuck habits, make us start thinking about pastures [...]

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The Inaugural Big Conversation – how to thrive in mid-life and beyond

The Big Conversation, April 2014 – how to thrive in mid-life and beyond “Aim to be the old person you would like to visit” What a great afternoon this was! In several rounds of relaxed and lively conversation, much laughter and reflection, and of course, lovely tea, sandwiches and cake, the final summary of the [...]

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What gets me up in the morning – Beccy Speight, National Trust

Beccy Speight is a Director of the National Trust. I was delighted to interview her in Keeping Your Spirits Up and we have stayed in touch since. I have life membership of the National Trust, which came to me as part of my grandmother’s will, and which has enabled us to enjoy many aspects of the Trust’s [...]

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