Bookish - The Wealden Literary Festival

Monday, 2 May 2016

I love to read and find it rather odd that not everyone shares my joy of the written word. I'll even read a book I dislike to the end. At my rather fab bookclub, we drink champagne while we discuss the merits of the monthly read. It's all rather proper though, we do actually read the book.  In fact there is an enforced three strikes for not having read the book before you are dismissed!!  

So I am more than happy to share with you all the details of an emerging literary festival in Kent - The Wealden Literary Festival.  My friend Laura approached me with the details and it just sounds fantastic. It's a festival rooted in place and nature for children and adults. Given how much I loved the Good Life Experience in Wales last year it sounds right up my street.  It's on the 18th - 19th June just outside Tenterden in Kent.  The theme will be explored through literature and art plus they've got a fantastic line up of authors, artists, craftsmen, food stalls, children's workshops etc over the course of the weekend.  The Meek family are going to be running a children’s bushcraft workshop – I know at least one small boy who’d be fascinated. The venue is in the heart of the countryside  surrounded by 100 acres of woodland and farmland, so the idea is that people will come and run wild in the countryside for the weekend and hopefully be inspired by the artists and acclaimed authors.   They are currently holding both a photography and a writing competition to win tickets to the festival. Both competition’s have an under 14’s category.  The details of which are here .

Hopefully I’ll see you there

INSTAGRAM: in-between seasons and in-between weather

Friday, 29 April 2016

It's that time of year when you think its warmer than it is and its easy to get caught out. While officially it's spring, there are definitely days when it doesn't feel like it.

These unpredictable days have me pouring over instagram in search of glorious outdoor vista's and have me adding to my travel bucket list. So for your delight here are some of my favourites.

images: Landcover photo @mikeseehagel, Pony photo and sea mist @livingitrural 

Elsewhere last month: Stockholm Furniture Fair

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Did you catch my piece about Stockholm Furniture fair over on Modenus? It already seems a lifetime ago that I made that furious but fun filled dash around the Stockholm Furniture fair. I had some real firm favourites including pretty much everything on the Friends & Founders stand (below image).

I can't wait to get another fix of Scandinavian design when I head to Copenhagen this weekend. So keep your eyes peeled for my favourite finds.

You can find my article for Modenus here.

Elsewhere last week: Don't forget your walking shoes

Monday, 25 April 2016

For the wonderful team at Caro Communications I pulled together a highlights of Milan article for them to share with their clients and followers. As I'd previously mentioned here, comfy shoes were a must at Milan.

You can find the piece I wrote for them here which includes the below which was one of my favourite pieces from Milan, Knoll Diamond chair in gold by Harry Bertoia (image Knoll)
Milan Design Week

Dispatches from Venice and Milan

Monday, 18 April 2016

I’m missing Italy and I have so much to share in the coming weeks. Both Venice and Milan had a lot to offer on the interiors and design agenda.  I’ve walked almost 140,000 steps – which is 60 miles – and I’ve taken 3000+ photo’s. It’s been a wonderful design adventure where I was fortunate enough to see some truly tremendous things and meet some remarkable people.
Milan design week was bigger and better than I imagined and I barely scratched the surface. There was a huge selection of interior and product design across the city in a series of events and that’s without the fantastic 2016 edition of Salone del Mobile.

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