A poem for the fish- a celebration of difference.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Did you know
your path is your history
and it takes more than one pair of bare feet
to follow it's tracks back to your birth
and find how you stumbled and tumbled from the stomach of this earth
half formed

Otherwordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world (review)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

I was lucky enough to be sent Otherwordly from Abrams and Chronicle, and I am so excited to share it with everyone.

(Out 11 Oct 2016)

Otherwordly is lovely little book created by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and is no doubt an irresistible gift for any bibliophile. 

It contains unique words you are not likely to have come across previously, telling you their meaning and what language it comes from in a cute dictionary style layout. The book is also gorgeously illustrated, with delicate watercolour paintings to accompany the words- it really adds a nice touch and helps to create a stunning aesthetic, a present that would delight any reader.

The back of the book also contains a Glossary by language, so you can look up the words in Japanese, Swedish, French or more to get a snapshot of a culture through the quirky words in their language. 

It's a lovely book to have and keep, something to treasure and refer back to- I think it's unlikely that this will gather dust on anyone's shelf. It's just too precious not to look at again and again.

More Poetry Please: why the modern poem represents so much.

If you'd have asked me half a decade ago my thoughts on poetry, I would have told you all it was boring. Bland. Dead. But now poetry is rearing it's head in new exciting ways, I among the creators.

I adore poetry. I write constantly, on my notes on my phone, on scraps of paper and receipts.
And I'm not the only one. All it takes is a quick search on social media to find millions of results for #poetry. People sharing their #spilledink thoughts in real-time. I think I would be far from wrong to say that in recent years, poetry is having a renaissance. No longer confined to dreary text books in classrooms, poetry is having somewhat of a makeover.

Perhaps poetry is more user friendly now than it has ever been. Instead of the regimented structure of sonnets, thou can now play with free form, loose verses that allow for wider experimentation, snappy stanzas that don't shoot at grammatical or rhythmic faux pas, but thrive in the simple accessible way that so many people are connecting to. This is drawing in the sights of many, with writers such as Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey, 2014) championing the quirky modern poem in a beautiful anthology that's got tumblr raving. (I have read it, and I do have to say her punchy verse, feminist values and arresting honesty makes for a sharp, loving read)

Let's discuss: What Makes a 'Good Reader'?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

So the last couple of months I've been struggling with my reading habits. I've been feeling almost torn between what I want to read, what I have to read, and what I feel like I should be reading. 

In June I was lucky enough to go on a residential Creative Writing course in Cambridge. Whilst the course  was possibly the best academic experience I've ever had, I've found that a few issues have arisen after my stay. 

Blog Update I'm back- and things are changing.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

This year has been relentless. It's flown by at peak speed and refused to slow down for anyone of us. And the last couple months feel like no longer than a blink of an eye. 

New content on the site has admittedly been dwindling- so I thought I'd give you guys a short and sweet update on the break neck speed of my 2016 life.

So this year I was 17. I also finished my first year at Sixth Form, will soon be beginning my last, and will then be moving away from the School I've attended for seven whole years of my life. I've been experiencing Open Days, the plight of University Application and the sense of commitment I will suddenly feel hit me in the fast approaching months ahead. Somehow, this has all come from nowhere. This academic year has astounded me with it's sheer speed. And now that it's over, the reality of it had come all too soon.

At the end of June I attended a Residential in Cambridge, a five day Creative Writing Course. During my stay, I was suddenly hit by the intensive gap I felt from the lack of reading and writing for pleasure I've been feeling. 

Suddenly extensive plot ideas have billowed up in thick smoke, and I'm surrounded by the endless possibilities of narrative creation. Poetry has been writing itself as I go through normal days, forcing itself to be heard upon the page. This craving has overwhelmed me, and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to let it go. 

Upon deeper consideration, I decided that I don't have to. Instead, I can combine my two loves- and bring my refreshed excitement for writing into preparing content like I've never posted before, on here, for you all to see.

The primary focus of this website will always continue to be about the written word.
But perhaps now 
it may not just be commentary on that written by another-
but perhaps even some crafted by me.

02/08/17 -Zara.

BLOG TOUR: ARC Review; The Museum of Heartbreak// Meg Leder

Friday, 3 June 2016

'Welcome to The Museum of Heartbreak.'

May Book Haul!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hey guys! So I got eleven books this month- a few from publishers & a couple I bought myself. I though it'd be fun to show you guys what I got- there's some that I'm super excited for!

I already filmed a haul & unboxing video, (I have accumulated a few more books since then) but if you want to check it out, then you can find the link here!

Without further ado, let's go onto the books.
(I'll link the Goodreads page on each title so  you can find out more)



out 7th June 
out 5th July



(AKA American Girls) out 7th June 
(not pictured-oops..) out 16th June


out 28th June


out 7th June


I'd love to hear what you books you've got/ been loving in the month of May!

Happy Reading xox