These are the Things I Love…

It’s always really hard to know where to start, where’s the beginning, what’s the beginning to this particular story, so hard sometimes, it’s easier not to start at all. First off, I’m an over thinker, I’d think and think and think and then the whole day would go without my ever doing anything about all…

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day whose aims include raising awareness of mental health around the world. I love October, but I always start the month with a mixed bag of emotions. 29 years ago my Aunty killed herself at the beginning of October. She wasn’t well, hadn’t been well for years, and…

The Ordinary Moments 16, #1 – The Kitchen Table

A few years ago at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I saw Nathan Englander and Etgar Keret in conversation. Snippets of their conversation came back to me as I fell asleep the other evening. They were speaking primarily about translation, and Englander made the point that all linguistic comprehension is a process of translation. He…

5 Things I Wish They’d Told Me at the Start

I was 25 when I had my daughter Ilia. Now, I know it’s not super young, but it was young enough, a year out of Uni there I was with a kid. Thing was, I was pretty sure I was all grown up, only I didn’t have an actual clue. Her first night I sat…