Celebrity Interviews

3 December 2020

How I spnt my lockdown by Karen M. McManus, author of The Cousins

2020 has knocked all of us sideways. I’ve been lucky: my family and friends are healthy (knock wood), my job was already remote, and my community is filled with people ...

2 December 2020

Exclusive interview with M. W. Craven, author of The Curator

We are  very proud to say that our own staff writer Melissa Allen got the chance to send some questions to her favourite author, Mr. Craven. His books are brilliant, and ...
2 December 2020

The Doctors: Heroes and Villains - Female First review

Our staff writer Melissa Allen was lucky enough to be sent her own copy of this DVD, complete with six interviews with actors who were involved in Doctor Who in ...
2 December 2020

The bookworm's advent calendar: 25 books to read this Christmas

From thrillers to romance, minimalism to cats- we have you covered this year when it comes to festive reads- whatever your preference... A big family. A whole lot of secrets. ...
1 December 2020

Author Gail Aldwin discusses her new book Pandemonium

Ever wanted to write for children? Here’s how Gail Aldwin went about creating Pandemonium a picture book for children from 2–7 years. As a child, I remember being scared half ...

30 November 2020

10 Steps to help navigate loss and bereavement by Carol Wright, author of Unseen

Loss can destroy people in so many unseen ways.... As it is National Grief Awareness Week 2nd – 7th December (www.nationalgriefawarenessweek.org) - Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, Health and Life Coach and Best-selling ...

30 November 2020

My money, my mother and me by Loreen Mckellar, author of Your Invisible Enemy Your Invisible Power

Dressed in a fur coat pouring my heart out about my debt to 12 strangers sitting in a dingy church hall, I began to accept that something was seriously wrong. ...

30 November 2020

Five lockdown movies to help brighten your life by Dawud Gurevitch

Movies can entertain us in lockdown, but they can also inspire or strengthen our personal qualities that will help to brighten our lives. Resilience: Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your ...

27 November 2020

Sam Bailey opens up to Female First about her son's autism

X Factor winner Sam Bailey recently talked about her son's autism diagnosis on Loose Women, so we caught up with her to discuss it further, in particular what advice she ...
27 November 2020

Getting in the ears of others - 10 steps to successfully launch your first podcast

Podcasting is a medium that is growing at an unprecedented level and this was accelerated by the global pandemic… there is a real increasing thirst for audio content. The industry ...

26 November 2020

Eight things you might not know about your hormones and you should talk to your partner about

National Menopause Day was on the 18th October and with it came a slew of well-known women talking about the effects of their hormones on their life. It’s a conversation that ...

26 November 2020

How a big dog can help with mental health by Isla Gordon

I don’t need to tell you all the reasons your mental health might be socially distancing itself in 2020. Even before now, with what feels like an annual cry of ...

26 November 2020

Lockdown diary of a fantasy novelist/parent by Sam Hawke

-  Doom scrolling and worrying. My kids constantly touch everything in sight and then their faces. Spend an unnatural amount of time fantasising about touching my own face. Who knew ...
26 November 2020

Seven things I’m doing now to make 2021 better by author Phillipa Ashley

Of all the things that 2020 has taught us is that the best laid plans are made to be broken, and blown sky high and the pieces scattered to the ...
26 November 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by James Bailey

Nor have I ever proposed to someone on the London Eye, or anywhere for that matter. However, some parts of The Flip Side are inspired by my real life. I ...

25 November 2020

How to survive the festive season by author Sarah Rozenthuler

“’Tis the season to be jolly, la la la la la la la la la…”, or is it? Many people struggle when they sense Christmas is coming. Memories of cabin ...

25 November 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Peter Tyrer, author of Poleaxed

1. Although I have had the title of Professor of Psychiatry at Imperial College for many years I have always been a practising doctor on the front line. Much of ...

25 November 2020

Life under lockdown by poet Xiao Yan, author of Cafe After Dawn

I experienced two lockdowns: one in China and one in the U.S. I went back to Wuhan, my hometown, on January 1st, and came back to New York, where I ...
24 November 2020

Stress in pregnancy may influence baby brain development

A new study by the University of Edinburgh has found that stress in pregnancy may influence baby brain development, so we caught up with Professor Rebecca Reynolds Personal Chair of ...
23 November 2020

Seven things I've learned about crime writing while creating Child X by author Mick Lee

Mick Lee, author of Child X shares the seven things he learned about crime writing during the process: 1. No subject is too difficult to cover when it comes to ...

23 November 2020

Five authors share their favourite Puffin books to mark the publisher's 80th Birthday

As Puffin celebrates its 80th Birthday this year, we asked five authors to share their favourite books by the publisher and it's a wonderfully eclectic and inclusive mix. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit ...

23 November 2020

How art can help children understand the world around them and their place in it

Can you remember painting or drawing as a child and how time seemed to fly by? Or the satisfaction of taking a picture home from school to be admired? Watching ...

23 November 2020

How I spent lockdown by Suzie Tullett, author of Holly's Christmas Countdown

Well what a year 2020 has been. Thanks to Covid-19, we’ve all suffered upheavals and many of us have experienced losses. Although it’s just like me to make matters even ...
23 November 2020

Joelle Taylor discusses her short story in the new collection Ink Tales

Fairy tales are maps. They were written for children to use to navigate their lives and beliefs, to understand their place in the social order, to understand their limitation and ...