My Favourite Bookshop!

So everyone!

I’ve never actually spoken about this before, but I wanted to introduce you to this little gem I like to call my book haven. Now this is technically my favourite second-hand book shop so all of these books have already seen at least one cycle of love and attention.

Now for those who don’t know I like to collect traditionally leather bound copies of texts, particularly poetry. However, I don’t have the funds (yet) to stock myself up with first editions of copies so I tend to hunt these copies down in second-hand bookshops!

Of all the ones I’ve been to, the one that consistently provides good quality and well loved editions of books and poetry for reasonable prices has always been the Oxfam Bookshop in Headingley, Leeds.
It’s not in the city centre, about a 40 minute walk but as a uni student it’s also a really good place to find copies of books that other students have left behind, unwanted after finishing their course.

I’ve always had a great experience there and more often than not there are also students working the desk and they’re happy to help you if you want to i
nquire or if you want to chat about the books you both enjoy!

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A Community of Writers

Howling Reviews Emma PetfieldLast weekend I experienced something very surreal for me. I never thought at the age of nineteen I would be attending The Brit Writer’s Awards 2012. I would like to start this blog by saying thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the event because I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I feel so much gratitude to those that invited me and worked to make the event a success.
I was lucky enough to be granted a behind the scenes look at the event arriving slightly earlier than other guests. I filmed some of the preparation from sound checks to last minute dance practices. It was very fun to see everyone rushing around making sure all the last minute details were fixed and, after a slight reception panic, I found myself meeting all of the guests in turn.
This was a pleasant way to start the event because it eased my nerves and everyone was very lovely to meet.
After this, we were all lead into the dining area and I loved the table settings they were simple with a three piece candle set in the centre that reminded my fondly of Lumière from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Everything was pristine and beautifully set out. I was actually sat with Maia Walczak another blogger from this site and you can see her account of the night here.
The event began and people from all ages, cultures and continents joined together in celebrating the craft of writing and what it means to write. The development of writers is key and I discovered just how enabling Brit Writers are as a company but also as a community. Everyone was supportive of the winners. I was just upset that I couldn’t hearany of their work. I’m sure i twill be available at some point.
Winners were presented with opportunities as well as recognition, but in my eyes all of the finalists were winners.
This event was mostly a chance for me to connect with other writers and network because it was the first exposure I’ve had to writing as a profession rather than a hobby. I must say that I was thrilled with the diversity of people I had the opportunity to speak to and I look forward to speaking to again.
Writers are often portrayed as solitary souls in previous centuries and I think that writing has become a tighter community in the past few decades. Especially with the innovation of the internet enabling writers to communicate easily across countries.
I also attended my first creative writing workshop today. I was so nervous because I had never had my writing critiqued in front of strangers before. It’s different when you read a comment on a screen, but I’m so glad I did. The nausea subsided when people started discussing my work in a constructive way and I feel that I came away from the workshop feeling confident and inspired to edit and review my work.
That is something that Brit Writers has created for me. A community.


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Many Things


So things have been pretty hectic the past few weeks. I’m trying to get on top of a lot of things and because I’m working full time, I’m finding that I don’t really want to do much when I get home on a night-time. I also try and occupy my weekends by visiting people because I know when University kicks off again, I won’t have as much free time to do so.

My editing process is going slower that I thought, I have about 33 pages edited so far out of 100 already written. I will be happy though if I can finish editing before I go back and then begin the new academic year by continuing to write.

I’m keeping up pretty well with vlogging at the moment. I have a fair few ideas I want to try out so I’m looking forward to putting them into action! I’m trying to post about 2 videos a week currently which is going well so far. When I go back to Uni, I might have to decrease the number to 1 but I’m waiting to see how busy I am!

NaNoWriMo will soon be coming around (I know what you’re thinking it’s still 3 months away, but I’m debating with my time currently) so I have started to write down a couple of ideas, but I don’t want to get too excited incase I don’t have the time. I may consider doing the camp next year around June time though, if I can’t do it this year.

Some of my friends are saying goodbye to a close friend, David Boulton, I would just like to say that we may not have known each other very well but he will be dearly missed by all his friends and family. My heart goes out to all those close to him.

Kyra x

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A Week Without the Internet

A week without The Internet

This week has been particularly interesting for me, not simply because I moved into a new house, but because I’m currently without the internet and will be for a few more days at least. I have the internet at work and on my phone, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be the same. I’ve spent time doing various other things, such as watching TV (I’ve watched a lot of TV compared to the normal amount I watch), painting and reading. These are things that I do enjoy doing, but never seem to find the time to do.

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