Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?

Creative Writing MA's have got a bit of a mixed reputation. Some see it as an exercise of the blind leading the blind, by which I mean unpublished writers telling other writers how to (hopefully) get published. Others see them as 'dalliances' (which is a terrible word, because it implies it's not being taken seriously…Read more Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?

London vs Stockholm 5 Things That Stockholm Does Better

I’ve been living in Stockholm a total of one month after a lifetime in London. You might think it’d be a difficult transition, moving from a city of nearly 8 million people to a city of circa 1 million. But it’s not. It’s wonderful. And here why: (1) Everything is so close In London, it…Read more London vs Stockholm 5 Things That Stockholm Does Better

How To Settle Quickly In A New Country

Moving country is definitely the most exciting thing I've ever done* but it's also the most terrifying. Especially if, like me, you have anxiety around: Travelling (flying specifically) Being alone in busy social situations Feeling lost (both physically and metaphysically. I want to know where I'm going on a map as well as in life)…Read more How To Settle Quickly In A New Country

How To Pack For Moving Country

In less than two weeks I'll be leaving this lovely rainy island behind and landing in Stockholm with two suitcases and a rucksack to my name. I've already started the packing process and it's harder than I thought. You can't fit everything in, so some serious culling has to take place. You also have to be…Read more How To Pack For Moving Country

London Bucket List / When A Local Realises They Haven’t Done Anything Touristy in circa 20 Years.

In the words of Passenger, Only miss the sun when it starts to snow Only know you love her when you let her go I'm not saying I'm going to miss the Northern line in rush hour, or the way the Central Line turns into a sauna the moment the mercury goes over 19 degrees,…Read more London Bucket List / When A Local Realises They Haven’t Done Anything Touristy in circa 20 Years.

Why You Should Quit Your Job And Move Country On A Whim

Life altering decisions aren't always made after lots of careful thought and planning. In an oft repeated cliché, I made mine on New Year's Eve, after being faced with the prospect of another year treading the same path. I hadn't really thought about it. I just did it. I was feeling lost, and a little…Read more Why You Should Quit Your Job And Move Country On A Whim

“It’s Just Business, Nothing Personal” -Why Redundancy Makes You Feel Like A Failure

Generally, when these words are uttered to you, it feels pretty darn personal. Or at least it did to me. It also feels like you've failed somehow, which isn't a nice feeling. When I got told recently that the changes to my role were 'just business, nothing personal' - it didn't sink in. They might…Read more “It’s Just Business, Nothing Personal” -Why Redundancy Makes You Feel Like A Failure