The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Fiona of Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden and Anika of What She Did Next – thank-you ladies, this really does mean a lot to me! If you haven’t visited either of these blogs before, then I urge you to do so […]

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Rules To Live By, Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted the first two installments of this Tiny Tale, so if you need to refresh your memory, please follow the links: Rules To Live By, Part 1; Rules To Live By, Part 2. My father died shortly before my first child was born. Despite my grief, I found comfort in the […]

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Rules to Live By, Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part story. Read part 1 here! It was during my early twenties that my relationship with The Rules reached a turning point. ‘How could you?’ cried Janine from amongst a tangled mass of floral bed linen. ‘How could you be so selfish, so spiteful?’ ‘Look, Janine, I’m sorry, […]

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Rules to Live By, Part 1 (& a big Happy Birthday to Bellyful of Art!)

Tomorrow is officially Bellyful of Art‘s 1st birthday!! To celebrate, I was planning on reblogging my first ever post, but I’ve been doing a lot of reblogging recently and I thought it was only fair that as a big fat present to my lovely readers (and to myself) I would publish a brand new story […]

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Cara

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
Cara had never been a patient person; in any respect. Now, she brought colour back to her cheeks with forceful tugs, bit the paleness from her mouth until red blistered her lips. She watched the clock, she waited. As she ran her fingers through her hair, she listened to the…

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Good On Paper, The Big Issue and More…

So it turns out that the two week break I decided to take at the beginning of August somehow managed to stretch itself to a whole month! This is not because I have been idling away the hours on a sun-drenched beach, sipping cocktails and pondering my next short story – if only! – in fact, quite […]

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Summer Breaks & New Opportunities!!

Now that summer is in full swing (by virtue of it being August, not because we’ve suddenly woken up to weather akin to the Mediterranean…), Bellyful of Art is taking a two week break to replenish its story-based stocks and swot up on a few art exhibitions ready for the autumn. But before I break […]

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The Bird Clock

The clock ticks. In time with its monotonous beat I find myself fidgeting: first with a strand of hair that curls mischievously from the centre of my tightly-wound bun, then with my hands, my skirt, the top button of my shirt. In the armchair next to me, Mrs Bentley is talking. I’m trying my best […]

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Sheila Hancock – A New Debut

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
Even famous people feel intimidated, or so I’m told. Still, it’s hard to picture an Olivier award-winning actress cowering in the corner of a literature festival green room, isn’t it? And yet… The evening began wet and noisy. Rain bounced off the roof of The Times Forum tent at Cheltenham’s…

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The Flight (Part 2 – Jennifer)

Jennifer is late. Horribly late. She arrives at the airport in a flurry of measured panic, striding past queues of impatient travellers with barely a glance at the infuriated faces behind her. The woman on the check-in desk is foreign, her clipped accent bristles. ‘You’re very late, madam,’ she says, adjusting the scarf beneath her blazer. […]

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The Flight (Part 1 – Lisa)

Lisa is breathing. Slow steady breaths. In, out, in, out; just like he told her to. Her hands grip the arm rests. Her eyes close. In her head she imagines a field, vast acres of green grass damp beneath her bare feet. She pushes her toes into the soil, allows the dirt to climb across […]

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Excerpt 3: Untitled Novel

As with Excerpts 1 & 2 this is not a complete Tiny Tale, but an extract from a larger piece of work: “In practicing my writing, I began to develop the premise for a novel which centred around a man who is struggling with an unidentifiable illness. In this excerpt from the novel (which still […]

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Excerpt 2: Untitled Novel

As with Excerpt 1, this is not a complete Tiny Tale, but an extract from a larger piece of work: “In practicing my writing, I began to develop the premise for a novel which centred around a man who is struggling with an unidentifiable illness. In this excerpt from the novel (which still remains in […]

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Review For Kolekto Magazine: New York City Apartment/Bristol

It’s been a bit quiet at Bellyful of Art for the past few weeks and that’s because I’ve been scribbling away for a couple of other publications, Kolekto Magazine and Good On Paper. Kolekto is an online magazine specialising in art, film, music and style and my first article for them is a review of […]

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A Letter to My Future Self

Dear Future Self, I don’t know how old you are now, but I know what you’re doing. You’re trying to picture me. You’re forcing your way back through the cobwebbed landscape of the past; rushing, perhaps, through your most recent memories, sailing over the innocuous, clambering through the funereal. As you reach your early thirties […]

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