Reading For Well-being.

 

While reading for pleasure may be seen as a pastime or hobby. Studies have shown that reading can provide benefits to our health and well- being.

The Philosophers of the past can help us think about our well-being in the twenty-first century.

The great philosophers such as Socrates, Epicurus and others, debated the claim that there isn’t a single best human life. In terms of a feeling of well-being, different people can find pleasure and fulfilment in many different ways.

For example, A life of pleasure can be good, as can one of knowledge and creativity.

Many of us can’t imagine a good life without love. Not just romantic love, but the love we feel for our parents, children, siblings and friends.

Most of us know the main sorts of things that can make us feel content and reinforce our belief that we can make a life worth living.

Amongst these are: happiness and pleasure, friendship and love, accomplishment, knowledge and virtue. Our own well-being is born out of one or all of these elements.

Pleasure for many people can be found in the written word. More specifically from reading either fictional or non-fictional works. There is a genre to suit everyone. A story to educate or to feed the imaginations of the individual mind.

I discovered the therapeutic benefits of reading and writing when I was around seven years of age. Writing in my lockable diary was like sharing my innermost emotions with a best friend. I guess that for me, it was a safe way to pour out my feelings. After all, it was a one-way process with no chance of recrimination, sarcasm or ridicule. To this day, I still keep a journal to document my life and the events that encompass my existence.

Congratulations Mr Norton.

 

Holding. Written by Graham Norton. Published by Hodder Books.

 

 

I am a huge fan of Graham Norton both on the television and the radio. Now I am also a fan of his new role as an author.
Holding is a wonderful debut novel for which I heartily congratulate Mr Norton.
Readers often wonder at how much of themselves the author has weaved into the story. As I read this story, I could almost hear his voice as the narrator, which for me enhanced the experience. The characters are well developed. I could easily visualise the main protagonist PJ Collins. I almost felt sorry for him and desperately wanted him to succeed. I was a little surprised at his romantic liaison with Brid and his effect on the Ross sisters. However, this added to the drama and gave a different dimension to the story. The sad story that emerged around the young Mrs Meany and the subsequent ending to her lifelong secret was very well crafted, as was the whole story.

 

 

Mercia Marina Bookclub.

 

 

Many thanks to Nancy and all of the members of The Mercia Marina Bookclub for inviting me to talk about my journey from writer to Published Author, which took place at the Willow Tree Tea Rooms located on the Marina last night.

I found the event relaxed and informative. I particularly enjoyed listening to the views you expressed in relation to the books that were reviewed.

Apologies to anyone who I didn’t quite manage to get in the camera shot.

Enjoying the late autumn sunshine.

 

 

So here we are, once again sailing on our canal boat Speckled Hen down the Trent and Mersey on our way towards Nottingham city centre. Regular readers will be aware that our boat has been out of commission for most of the summer as a result of a total repaint of the exterior. The results of which are spectacular.

Making the most of the early September sunshine we are embracing the beginning of autumn in our own special way, enjoying the changing landscape as the leaves begin to turn into shades of red and gold.

With my third novel ‘Union Blues’ currently being edited, I have decided to try my hand at writing a few short stories, while aboard our cottage on the water. This is proving to be an interesting challenge for me but none – the less very enjoyable.

However, for those of you interested in fiction that contains elements of life on our wonderful British waterways, then I recommend that you read my very first novel. Alice’ which identifies with the healing and calming properties of our amazing canal system.

Alice is still available for purchase as a hardback, papeAlice by K.L Loveleyrback and e-book.

Atypical.

 

   

 

Look out for the second series of ATYPICAL which is returning to our screens on Friday, September 7th.  Well done to NETFLIX for this must-see drama.

For those of you who have read and enjoyed my second novel Love, Secrets, and Absolution, this drama will resonate with the character of Alfie.

A number of my followers have expressed a connection with Alfie while some of the younger readers are a little in love with him.

ATYPICAL follows the story of Sam, played by Keir Gilchrist an eighteen-year-old who is on the autistic spectrum.

What does being normal mean? How does a normal person feel and behave and who is the judge and jury on what is accepted as normal? These questions are the subject matter at the heart of this amazing drama.

In this series, Sam continues with his emotional search for independence and love. I for one will be tuned in on Friday to watch this wonderful portrayal of a young man learning to find his place in a world full of individuals who are neurotypical, atypical or any number of types that society decides to describe.

Love, Secrets, And, Absolution is still available for purchase from Amazon.

 

Love, Secrets, and Absolution - novel

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

 

                                                        Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

  

From my previous posts, you will be aware that not only do I enjoy reading a good book, but I also enjoy watching a great film.

Just as I can get lost in the pages of a story, so too I can become totally immersed in a great film. Drama, historical fiction and romantic comedy never fail to connect me to my own imagination and stir up emotions both good and bad.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, lifted my spirits and made me want to sing. Which by all accounts would be a big mistake as I would clear a room within seconds of the first few notes.

This jukebox musical comedy film written and directed by Ol Parker is a follow up to the 2008 film Mamma Mia using the music of ABBA.

The film has a stellar cast who all looked as though they were truly enjoying their roles.

Lily James was perfectly cast as the young Donna. I enjoyed the flashbacks to1979 telling the story of how she arrived on the island of Kalokaira and her three romantic liaisons with the potential father of her daughter Sophia.

There were so many great actors in the film such as Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters.

Towards the end of the film, Cher came into the film as Sophie’s grandmother. As expected, she belted out a great ABBA classic. I actually felt like standing up and clapping at the end of her rendition of Fernando.

Such a great feel-good film.

 

 

 

Inspire Poetry Festival 2018

 

 

I am very excited as I have just secured myself a ticket to see Jo Bell and Georgina Wilding, perform at the Poetry Café, Worksop Library in Nottinghamshire. This event that takes place on Wednesday, September 26th is going to be truly inspirational for me.

Jo Bell who features on the Nationwide TV adverts in the UK has captured my attention with her poem. The Currency of Kindness.

Born in Sheffield and growing up on the fringes of the Derbyshire Peak District means that Jo was raised not too far away from myself. Her witty, sexy and deft verse is refreshingly honest, succinct and contains social messages that draw attention to the plight of others.

Jo is a unique force in poetry and has won a number of awards. In 2015 she was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to poetry.

 

Georgina Wilding is a poet who I have been following since I read of her rise to fame as Nottingham city’s first Young Poet Laureate 2017/18. She has written and performed for both the radio and TV. There is an immediate presence within her performance as she uses her poetry to inspire young people with the powerful messages she promotes.

I am so looking forward to this event. There is even an opportunity for an open mic. Fingers crossed, wish me good luck as I would very much appreciate the opportunity to read one of my own poems from my soon to be available collection.

Chameleon Days published by The Globeflower Agency is my collection of poetry written over a span of twenty years.

Available soon from Amazon and other outlets.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the life of Emily Bronte

Celebrating the life of Emily Bronte.

A number of years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire. As I walked through the rooms and allowed myself to be transported back in time, the sadness of the terrible tragedy’s that overwhelmed the family, almost became my own pain by default reinforced by my empathy for the Bronte family.

Prior to my visit I read Wuthering Heights and had watched both the film and the adapted TV drama. Both equally dramatic. I still find it incredible, that in a period of our history when it was not easy for a woman to have her work published, Emily Bronte and her sisters, all using pen names to hide their true identity managed just that.

As an author myself, I appreciate the struggles and the trials and tribulations that the Bronte Sisters endured to get their work to press.

Emily, born 200 years ago on July 30th 1918 wrote under the name of Ellis Bell.

It is just as well that her chosen pen name could be considered as a male, for in the early nineteenth century, such work, written by a female would have been considered vulgar. I find it fascinating, that she created such powerful characters within her novel Wuthering Heights.

In Heathcliff, she created an obscure role model, unlike any other romantic figure of the time. Even by today’s standards, he would be considered wild, almost feral. The intense relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the adopted orphan boy, her father bought to their home, was incredibly intense.

Just how Emily Bronte who by all accounts had led a sheltered life by today’s standards, managed to write such an intensely emotional piece of fiction, getting into the rawness of life, love and sexual tension, will forever remain a mystery.

 

 

Today I would like to join the literary world in the celebration of the life of our Yorkshire novelist and poet, Emily Bronte, who sadly died from tuberculosis at the age of thirty. A tragic loss to the literary world

The Silence Between Breaths.

I have recently enjoyed the privilege of reading The Silence Between Breaths written by Cath Staincliffe. I must confess that when I began to read this remarkable book, I had no background information about the author. Having read the book, I was not surprised to learn about her literary achievements. Such is the quality of her work.

 

 

 

See my Goodreads Review below.

This story is so bang up to date that I felt as though I was reading about a recent tragedy. It is so realistic, haunting and horrifying.

Cath Staincliffe introduces the reader to an ordinary group of passengers who board the 10.35 train from Manchester to Euston Station. As we read of the passenger’s lives, we get to know a little about each one of them. Just enough to feel protection towards them and a desire that the inevitable will not occur.

In the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack. Although some of his characteristics are revealed, we never get to truly understand how he became radicalised. I appreciated the way that his family were incorporated into the story, giving a different perspective on the terrible fallout from the tragedy. His sister was placed in a difficult position for one so young. She was one of the heroes of the tragedy in my opinion and it was refreshing to see that she was eventually acknowledged as such.

This is a well written modern story. As in many stories, it is important to stick with the first few chapters in order to fully appreciate the explosive story that is about to unfold. This is one not to be missed.