[Guest Post] What Will Remain of Us Is Love – Lily Fox

  …quoth Larkin in an uncharacteristically positive poem. All flesh is grass, quoth Carol Ann Duffy, paraphrasing from the Bible of all things. More recently, JK Rowling summed up this entire post in the following line: “I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, […]


[Guest Post] Waiting is so very hard to do: Serial Pressure – Lily Fox

  Let’s face it – if you have had anything to do with a recent fandom, you’ve probably been there. Queuing in the rain, most likely with an unwilling parent, watching harried booksellers unpack boxes of the latest Twilight…the latest Harry Potter…the latest Song of Ice and Fire. Perhaps. Because I’m sure George RR Martin […]

‘The Last Train Home & Other Stories’ Launch Night, 12th September 2012

    When myself and my agent – Hannah of Not Just a Face Media – sat down to plan out the launch night for The Last Train Home & Other Stories, Wednesday 12th September seemed like a very long time away…   I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of both friends and strangers – the […]

Hidden historical heroines (#06: Arbella Stuart)

  Lady Arbella Stuart (1575 – 25 September 1615) was an Elizabethan and Jacobean noblewoman, considered by many of her contemporaries to be the rightful heir to Elizabeth I.   Arbella was the only child of Charles Stuart, 1st Earl of Lennox, (of the third creation), and Elizabeth Cavendish. Her father’s mother was the daughter […]

Hidden historical heroines (#05: Queen Ælfthryth)

  Ælfthryth of Devon (c. 945 – c.1001) was a Saxon Queen: wife, stepmother and mother to a succession of kings. She was in fact the first king’s wife known to have been crowned and anointed as Queen of the Kingdom of England.   To say Ælfthryth was a ‘heroine’ is stretching the usual definition […]

TEN… things I did in August

  1. As a friend was having a birthday picnic down by the Thames near our old university campus, Royal Holloway, myself and a carload of alumni/dear friends (plus one graduate of a different establishment, but we shan’t hold that against him) took the opportunity to revisit our old home. Although campus is being used […]

Hidden historical heroines (#04: Peg Woffington)

  Margaret “Peg” Woffington (18 October 1720 – 28 March 1760) was a celebrated Irish-born actress during Georgian times.   Peg was born in Dublin in 1720. Her father – a bricklayer – died when she was young, leaving her family penniless and destitute . Her mother took in laundry, while little Peg sold watercress […]