Book Review: Gold, Fame, Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

I read this as part of the Lovereading Review Panel. Minor spoilers ahead. I am a huge fan of dystopian fiction. There's something deliciously awful about society disintegrating and humankind having to fight for survival. I probably love it because I know I'd be one of the first to die, if the water ran out [...]


Hello, December! 2015 has flown by, and it's already the end of the year. Time flies when you're having fun, and it zooms by if you're reading great books! If you missed it, I previously wrote about my #WinterReads, which included some beautiful wintry books. But today I want to focus on the female authors [...]

Winter Reads

The wind is blowing, the leaves are falling, and the nights are drawing in. Pretty lights line the high street, the fluffy jumpers and quirky pyjamas come out of the wardrobe, and the flow of tea is continuous. This is my favourite time of year; between October and December, when the world around us changes [...]

Jumping On The Stephen King Bandwagon

I know, I know, I am once again late to the party. But, in my defence, I am an absolute wimp, and so I shy away from horror, or anything remotely scary. And yet, after watching Under The Dome on Amazon Prime, I thought, maybe Stephen King isn't so terrifying after all, and picked up the [...]

TitanCon Belfast 2015

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September Celebrate a love of Game of Thrones and all things fantasy in Northern Ireland. The brilliant not-for-profit science fiction and fantasy convention will be held at the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast. Pick up your membership from 3pm, then pop along to the Literature Night at the Wellington hotel [...]

Ask the Author: Ilka Tampke

I spoke to the wonderful Ilka Tampke about her debut novel Skin. Ilka Tampke was born in Sydney in 1969. She studied theatre at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst NSW and completed honours in performance at University of Western Sydney. Tampke directed the Sydney Women’s Festival, Mallacoota’s Festival of the Southern Ocean and numerous other [...]

Guest Blog: Jim Webster on The Importance of Having a Good Editor

Author Jim Webster jumps back on The Bandwagon to explain the importance of having a good editor. I’m clinging desperately to the description ‘fifty-something’, I’m a farmer, freelance journalist, writer, whatever. Married, three daughters, I’ve got no dress sense and a self depreciated sense of humour which masks my innate inability to do things properly. One important part of [...]