Poems About Dementia

One of my poems, ‘Bedside’ has been included in a new and very special anthology published by Sidhe Press. It’s a collection of poems about dementia, a subject very close to my heart. I wrote the poem about my Mum, who was sadly diagnosed with this condition a few years ago and is now in […]

Mindful Writing

I used to think mindfulness was about living in the moment and enjoying the beauty of nature – I do a lot of that and it’s wonderful! But mindfulness is so much more than just meditation and stillness… it’s also, observing and accepting our emotions, including the ones we wish we didn’t feel. People sometimes […]

Lockdown Haiku

I’ve discovered I really like writing Haiku. I’ve found them a great distraction these last few weeks. I love playing with words and although Haiku are relatively simple in form, their structure requires as much creative thought as any regular poem. Usually Haiku relate to emotions or seasons, often focused in nature, which appeals to […]

Butterfly on lavender.

The Healing Power of Words

Writing is so much more than a creative outlet, it’s cathartic too. The mere act of writing it all down can help us navigate the storm of turbulent emotions that often rages when we go through traumatic times. I struggled to write about my experiences when I was being treated for breast cancer last year; […]

The Quiet Time

Some more poems, mostly written during Covid-19 quarantine, whilst I have been ‘shielding’ from coronavirus.  Life certainly has a way of coming at us! And I was thinking this year would be a bit calmer, after the raging storm of 2019!  I’ve never known anything quite like this, I don’t think any of us have, […]

Simple Pleasures – Writing For Distraction

2019 has been quite a year so far. It started off quietly enough, with my day to day life continuing pretty much as it had before, balancing my life as a mum with my freelance work as a voiceover/writer and a part-time job with English Heritage. Then in February I found a lump. In March I got the shock […]

Paying Tribute to Trees

I’ve been inspired by the Forestry Commission’s ongoing celebration of their centenary to join in the nationwide ‘Tribute to Trees’ and pen a poem about the healing nature of woodland. We have so many beautiful spots here in Northumberland and I’m often to be found treading through leaves and talking to trees! Woods are so therapeutic. In […]

Audio Book album covers for Bertie the Guinea Pig stories

Bertie Guinea Pig Audio Books

Bertie’s guinea pig stories have grown in to quite a collection in his app and I’m delighted that all twelve of his tales are now also available as audio books too! I’ve just added Volume 3 to the audio book collection. Bertie’s final volume includes the last four squeaky guinea pig tales, Bertie’s Halloween Treat, […]

Voice Tips – The Essential Warm Up

Warming up your voice before any recording session or performance is extremely important. If you don’t warm up properly your vocal chords can become strained and over-worked and your voice will become dry and soon sound croaky. Make sure you ease your voice in to its work gently! I’ve been broadcasting and voicing scripts for […]

Audio Book Collection

hjd_aitken · Bertie Guinea Pig – Stories and Poems I’m thrilled to see the second volume of my guinea pig tales now online as audio book downloads. Bertie’s stories continue to go from strength to strength and the second volume of audio books is a great addition to his collection. In this volume, Santa has […]