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Interview with Stephanie Steinberg, owner of the Detroit Writing Room

This world really is full of magic. At just about the same time that I was dreaming up Gertrude's Writing Room, Stephanie Steinberg, writer/journalist, was having the same dream. She too wanted to open a space where writers could gather to write, read, learn and play. As I was doing research for Gertrude's whilst writing… Continue reading Interview with Stephanie Steinberg, owner of the Detroit Writing Room

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Mass Observation – Let The 2020 Archive Begin?

This is why reading is soooo very important - it enlightens us in ways that are necessary for our ability to remember. Last night, I started reading 'The Chilbury Ladies' Choir' by Jennifer Ryan. It's a story about the reformation of a choir in small town England during World War II. (It's much more, but… Continue reading Mass Observation – Let The 2020 Archive Begin?

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FROM A TO ZIFFERY ZANKS BOOK LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

Looking for a zany and gross but totally fun and wonderful gift for that special child in your life? Look no further - we are proud to announce the book launch of 'From A to Ziffery Zanks' - a collection of children's clerihew poetry. Words by me, Vanessa Shields, and pictures by the great Glen… Continue reading FROM A TO ZIFFERY ZANKS BOOK LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

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Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein – Part 2 of 2

Thank you for reading our first instalment of 'Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein'! Have you fallen in love yet? I hope so! We've got ten more questions and answers for you to read, and continue to get to know the incredible woman who is Harriet Bernstein! Of course, if any of this has resonates with… Continue reading Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein – Part 2 of 2

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Twenty Questions with memoirist Harriet Bernstein – Part 1 of 2

Writer Harriet Bernstein is a force. A woman with a life story that rivals any Hollywood romantic drama Academy Award winning film. I think maybe Meryl Streep could play present-day Harriet...looking back over a lifetime of adventures. She'd at least get nominated for an Oscar! To play the leading man? Hmmm. Antonio Banderas, perhaps? But… Continue reading Twenty Questions with memoirist Harriet Bernstein – Part 1 of 2

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HELLO! Whatcha readin’? Bookish things for you.

HELLO! The hubby and I had a fancy date to go see Lionel Richie at the DTE Theatre over the weekend. It was AMAZING! Summer vacation has officially started for the kidlets. We have been spending much time together - poolside, inside the pool - playing cards, watching movies, playing badminton and backgammon. We have… Continue reading HELLO! Whatcha readin’? Bookish things for you.