Celebrity Interviews

19 August 2020

Idris Elba wanted to offer "insight" into his earlier life with Sky Original series In The Long Run

Growing up on a rough and tough north London estate didn't provide a natural setting for Idris Elba to launch his career as a Hollywood superstar, yet he believes his ...
18 August 2020

Exclusive: Pixie Lott on The Voice Kids, new music and her collaboration with LEGO DOTS!

Being busy helping nurture the talent of some incredible young performers on The Voice Kids hasn't stopped Pixie Lott having fun, as the songstress recently collaborated with The LEGO Group for ...
17 August 2020

How to turn your life around

Have you ever felt that your life isn’t what you want it to be? Turning it around isn’t about answers, it’s about questions. Questions that guide you towards changing the ...

11 August 2020

Clara Loveman shares her experience of diversity in fiction

One reason often cited for the persistence in diversity issues in fiction is that publishing houses are not yet hiring more non-white faces. I think there are two more potent ...

11 August 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Julie Lancaster

I was furloughed relatively early from my job as a library assistant, before I even knew what the term ‘furlough’ actually meant, and those first few weeks of lockdown were ...

10 August 2020

What I did in the pandemic by Debra Jo Immergut

Female First asked me to tell you what I’ve been doing in the pandemic. Here are four ways this American novelist has tried to distract herself from obsessive doom-scrolling and ...

10 August 2020

Why I set my thriller in Belfast by Rose McClelland

When you tell someone you are a writer, the first question they will ask is: “Are the books selling well? Does it make money?” With the release of my fourth ...

10 August 2020

Five tips for keeping safe online

Cybersecurity expert Geoff White shares his top 5 tips on how to keep safe online, based on his book Crime Dot Com (Reaktion Books, 10th August) https://www.waterstones.com/book/crime-dot-com/geoff-white/9781789142853 As coronavirus swept ...

6 August 2020

My writing day by Clare Marchant

I am a morning person, at six-thirty every day I leap out of bed, raring to go. I wish. In fact, I only get up at that time because a) ...

6 August 2020

Six tips to help people feel less stressed in today’s world

By Serge Beddington-Behrens Ph.D Author of Gateways to the Soul: Inner work for the outer world by Serge Beddington-Behrens, published by Inner Traditions, is available online and in all good ...

6 August 2020

The power of kindness by Jacqui Rose

‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ Dalai Lama With fear and loss and huge uncertainty all around us, it’s difficult to think that anything particularly positive has come ...

6 August 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Minnie Darke

I confess that I’m one of those people … one of the ones who loved ‘lockdown’. Somehow, in recent years, my life as a working and writing mother-of-three spiraled completely ...

6 August 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Amanda Weinberg

author of The Tears of Monterini, RedDoor Press, 6th August 2020 Writing can be a lonely past time. Hours spent at a desk immersed in one’s head; inventing, thinking, watching ...

6 August 2020

The importance of food and eating together by Jo Thomas

For me, never more so than now, it’s about the table. My thoughts are never far away from food, what I’d like to be eating and where. During lockdown, this ...

5 August 2020

Stressed to strong: How to recover when things are bad

From the Covid-19 pandemic to the wave of economic loss, personal loneliness, isolation, and deep uncertainty about what’s in store, this is a time when even the toughest of us ...

5 August 2020

My life in lockdown by Martin Laurie

The Journals of a Victorian Traveller by Martin Laurie contains the transcribed and edited journals of his ancestor, Julia Biddulph, who travelled the world with her husband during the last ...

5 August 2020

Will the real you please step forward

When you were born you arrived with what Buddhists call ‘the original face’. The pure version of you. A blank slate, ready to be imprinted on. You were 100% you. ...

5 August 2020

How to break the spell and set yourself free

We need to examine the spells that hypnotize us and break them when they hinder us. Spells are words, deeds and judgements that go unquestioned, undigested and unchallenged. It could ...

3 August 2020

How to create a new balance in your life post Covid19

By Sid Madge, author of the ‘Meee in a Minute’ series of books During Covid -19, if we are lucky, we have been able to stay home, reconnect with family ...

1 August 2020

Suranne Jones admits work is now a "luxury" after becoming a mother

Suranne Jones has revealed her life changed when she became a mother, as she admits she feels fortunate to have a job where she can take time off to spend time with ...
30 July 2020

The evolution of my story from stage to audiobook by Anoushka Warden

I’ve only been writing for four years. Before that, although I worked in and enjoyed theatre, I’d never once wanted to write anything for it. I had seen a not ...

30 July 2020

Exclusive: Domhnall Gleeson discusses new Sky Comedy series Run

Domhnall Gleeson has got used to playing roles that forced him to away from using his native Irish accent, yet he insists he wouldn't have it any other way. The Star ...
30 July 2020

Brian Landers’ top tips for writing a spy novel

By the author of the Dylan Series – Awakening of Spies (June 2020) and Families of Spies (July 30 2020) http://www.brianlanders.co.uk/ Everyone has a novel inside them. To transfer that ...