#EmptyShelf 2016 #28: The Falcons of Montabard by @Chadwickauthor (Time Warner, 2003)

As a long-term fan of Georgette Heyer, typically regency novels are more my type of historical novel, but I’ve been playing with a few others – another £1 charity shop buy – I enjoyed The Falcons of Montabard – I’ve got very little knowledge of that period, but judging by the extra-reading offered at the end, it seems well researched, and the story was well paced – giving insights into the brutal realities of living life in Continue Reading →

Raising Children in a Digital Age described as ‘thoroughly researched’ by @FosterCareCoOp

Really appreciated this review of Raising Children in a Digital Age, by Lynn Findlay, which you can read fully on The Foster Care Co-Operative Blog: Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #8: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (via @TansyJTweets)

Thanks Tansy for buying this for my birthday last year … get me reading it before the next birthday has rolled around 🙂 Another book that may have taken me into another early morning read on the second night of reading!! Harold Fry, retired but 6 months, receives a letter from a friend (who he hasn’t seen for 20 years, and who he feels he has wronged) who is dying from cancer. He decides to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #5 #6 #7: The Jewel, The House of the Stone, The White Rose @amyewingbooks

I spoke at an event for children’s librarians a couple of year’s ago, and one of the perks was getting copies of books that were recently, or shortly to be, published. When I’m tired I get particular joy out of reading teenage fiction – it’s generally got quite an inspirational, moral line but accompanied by easy reading. The Hunger Games and Divergent are both on the list of series I’ve enjoyed – ones that have worlds that Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it’s full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I’m looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep… although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as Continue Reading →

New Job, New Achievements

Sometimes life just gets so busy, so crazily involved, that I forget what I’ve achieved – if Marcus Buckingham is to be believed – this is not a good thing for me – plus this might save me time for my PDR in future! At the end of August 2015, I finished with CODEC at the University of Durham, sold my house – having decluttered severely, and moved on to a new post as Senior Lecturer Continue Reading →

Happy Christmas 2015

After so many dead robins appearing in my newsfeed, I thought I’d add a live one! My online Christmas card may be less effortful than last year – but here’s a few pics that I’ve enjoyed seeing appear in my newsfeed (with some random bits of news from me) to wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2016… I’m not into Star Wars (I know, shock horror!), but the jokes still make sense – Continue Reading →

New Job: Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ManMetUni #thisgirlcan

Just a short update. On Monday I was interviewed for the permanent role of Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, based at the Business School (lovely new building). I used this presentation, focusing upon #thisgirlcan as the case study for ‘best digital marketing campaign in the world’ as taught to final year undergrads! Thanks to the many people who cheered me on, and partook in discussions on Facebook/Twitter…  and the crazy buzzing Continue Reading →