Books & Writing

My favourite books of 2017.

Here’s a glimpse into my favourite books that I read in 2017, in no particular order. I tend to read contemporary literature and literary fiction, with the occasional divergence into young adult fiction or romantic fiction. Wander on…

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Books & Writing

Book review: Exit West

“We are all migrants through time.” This novel by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid follows Nadia and Saeed, two lovers from an unnamed city during war. The novel gently and quietly explores topics of immigration, femininity, sexuality, and religion. Hamid artfully allows the story of these two young people to unfold, and leaves it to the […]

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Berlin, Travel

Berlin in Autumn: a photo diary.

It’s been a super long time since I wrote a blog post because I’ve been bogged down attempting (and subsequently failing) NaNoWriMo. So no more excuses, I thought I’d throw together my favourite autumny snaps to look back on from this autumn in Berlin. This post is just a big old photo diary. If you […]

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Books & Writing

How to create a NaNoWriMo plot.

How is it November, already? I know it really doesn’t need to be said, but where is this year going? Wasn’t it just Spring five seconds ago? But the temperature is dropping, the trees are brilliant shades of gold and bronze, and Stranger Things is back on Netflix. And with November comes NaNoWriMo, the event […]

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Books & Writing

Important writing lessons from JK Rowling.

It’s no exaggeration to say that JK Rowling has actually changed and shaped my life. I discovered Harry Potter as a child and with that series of books I discovered my passion of reading and writing and cemented my life aspiration to become an author. As a kid I started a Harry Potter club at […]

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Books & Writing

Can you read faster on your phone?

When I see snaps from the enormous number of bookstagrammers, book bloggers and booklovers I follow on Instagram I have a big craving for physical books. Nothing quite beats the feel and smell of fresh paper from crisp new novels, or the dusty sweetness of old novels dug up from a secondhand bookstore. But as […]

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Books & Writing, Life

A weirdly awkward dating story.

If you like following my somewhat ridiculous dating antics around London, you’ll enjoy my latest piece for No Filter Zine, about a weirdly awkward date. Check it out at No Filter Zine. Chuck No Filter a like on Facebook to get updates.  

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Travel

6 best free apps you need in London.

I lived in London for two years, and went from someone who didn’t know the difference between the tube and the overground, to someone who could navigate brunch, a gig, and three birthday dinners in one day. Still kinda not sure about the difference between the tube and the overground, though. Don’t even get me started on National Rail. Anyway, here are a few good apps you highkey need on your phone if you’re living in London.

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Life, Travel

10 surprising differences between Australia and London.

Any Aussie moving to London would expect to find a few differences between the golden sandy beaches of Aus and the rainy grey city of London, but it’s not just the weather that’s the difference between living in Australia and living in England. We speak the same language, but there are heaps of cultural differences […]

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Life, Travel

How solo travel helped me overcome social anxiety.

I’ve travelled by myself around Europe, moved from Australia to London to Berlin, met amazing people travelling, and gained loads of confidence in the last few years that I’ve been living in Europe. But I haven’t always been the kind of person that can walk into a bar, introduce myself, and start chatting straight away. […]

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Life

Tips for finding a flat in London.

The London rental game is a competitive minefield, but if you dedicate some time, you’ll be able to find a flat (especially as an Aussie or a Kiwi). If you’re just moving to London as a single person, your best option is finding a room in an existing flatshare. London flatshares typically come furnished, and […]

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Travel

5 ideas for a weekend trip away from London.

Recently I was chatting to a friend about how I completely love Berlin, except for one thing that I completely took for granted in London. London has five airports, and there are hundreds of flights into and out of London, constantly. It means if you live in the capital and want to skip off for […]

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