Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.

feminism, health, hope, incontinence

Some taboos have deeper taboos hiding inside them. And some tampons are far more embarassing than other tampons. Writing my piss and tell memoir PMSL taught me a lot about taboo and how it impacts on our relationships with other people and ourselves. This device, that you could hide in your hand, was one of […]

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The books behind the book – my first taste of memoir magic and the unsayable

birth, babies, bodies, breastfeeding, books, family & parenting, health, words

The books that made me write my book PMSL – Or how I Literally Pissed Myself Laughing and Survived the Last Taboo to Tell the Tale, (which is published in the UK next week). And When Did You Last See Your Father is a critically lauded book by poet, writer and editor Blake Morrison. It has been […]

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The importance of memoir. Shonda Rhimes and saying YES

books, hope

I love Shonda Rhimes. She is a Titan, as anyone who has seen her amazing TED talk will attest. A mega-God, a master of words and someone who has found and lost her spark in her career.  Shonda is a showrunner responsible for creating TV including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, How To Get Away With […]

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Listening to lists – how to get over yourself about blowing your own trombone

books, family & parenting, feminism, incontinence, words

I enjoy reading lists of books and films and albums that shaped my friends. Even people I don’t know that well, but see on Facebook and other sites. It is a peculiar mixture of performance and vulnerability, an insight into the suits of clothes we put on, our armoury for the world, our make up. […]

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The importance of memoir. Shonda Rhimes and saying YES


books, hope

I love Shonda Rhimes. She is a Titan, as anyone who has seen her amazing TED talk will attest. A mega-God, a master of words and someone who has found and lost her spark in her career.  Shonda is a showrunner responsible for creating TV including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, How To Get Away With […]

18th June 2020

Miracles? If the ring fits…


health, hope, words

I am standing in my kitchen and I don’t know a miracle is about to happen. It’s spring time, air cool, flowers swelling, but I don’t even believe in miracles. Even in nature. I am sorting through the plastic shoppers and reusable bags which engulf the corner of our kitchen. Trying to fold them neatly, […]

10th June 2020

On tidying up


family & parenting, hope, patient

I am messy. I always have been. I don’t know that I ever really learned how to tidy up in a way that made sense to me, learned how to declutter, downsize, re-order, prioritise. I have a big inbox. I have a floor-drobe and now I have kids, a house heaving with stuff. We’ve tidied […]

17th February 2019