She’s back!

Collage by me with found images and tracing paper from a Marc Jacobs magazine ad.

It’s been a while, I know, but I thought I would make a return to this blog. A lot has happened during my time away: I graduated university with a degree in French and German; I successfully completed my role as Features Editor and a Design Editor at the Mancunion student paper, receiving a highly commended award for one of my articles at the SPA awards; I spent hours in the library cramming my brain and my laptop hard drive with so much information that I really did need a few months of doing nothing.

Over the course of this summer I worked at my summer job, relishing in the fact I could go home every evening and not have to do anything else. I got my first gym membership and enjoyed the feeling of looking after myself, even if a lot of the time the afterglow was mainly sweat. I had lie ins. I cooked new recipes. I watched TV and read. It was what I needed. And now it’s time for something new.

This week I am starting a NCTJ (National Certificate of the Teaching of Journalism) course in Manchester. At the risk of coming across cheesy I am excited about doing this. I know it’ll be challenging at times and it is unlike anything I’ve ever done before (I’ve never had to focus all my time on just one topic either at school or at university), however, I think it’ll push me and help me get to where I want to be. To top it all off I’ll get to meet like minded people too.

I will try and blog a bit more, document what I’m working on or any creative things I get up to. I’ll see how it goes.

These are the books I’ve read this summer:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau – this was perhaps a bit too philosophical for me (maybe I wasn’t ready for intellectual stuff after final year) although I did fall in love with the idea of escaping to nature.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – the popularity of this book speaks for itself. What particularly impressed me was just how hardworking Michelle has been her whole life.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell – this is beautifully written and dreamily describes life on a Greek island through the idyllic haze of childhood.

Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings – having seen the TV show, this felt more like a supplement in terms of story line and character development.

On Intelligence by John Hughes-Wilson – this history of spying and secret information, fascinating and gives an insight into a world I don’t often hear about.

These are the TV shows I’ve watched:

Chernobyl – each episode was as gripping as the last.

Catch 22 – Although I’ve not read this book, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It was playful and clever, yet serious when it needed to be.

The Handmaid’s Tale – I don’t want to spoil any of this, all I can say is read the book and watch the show, in that order.

Deep Water – I feel like TV in the offline world often gets overlooked, despite the amount of shows on BBC and ITV with excellent writing. This is one of them.

The Simpsons – a pop culture classic. I never get bored of it.

Imagine…Olafur Eliasson: Miracles of Rare Device – I’m a huge fan of Alan Yentob documentaries; he has this knack of diving deep into his subject’s life in an aesthetically pleasing way.


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