#BML16: Finding your voice writing workshop

Posted on Jun 4, 2016

A writer?s voice is uniquely their own. Whether you?re writing a novel, short stories, a blog post or flash fiction, you want to find your distinctive voice, that quality to your writing that sets it apart from the crowd. In this workshop we will cover the following: What do we mean we we say ?voice?? What, if any, is the difference between style and voice? How can you develop your own distinctive voice? Using these questions as a rough outline, we will examine some of the more famous voices in literature and work through two practical writing exercises designed to help you refine your voice. At the end of the session there will be time for questions relating to voice in both your own writing or writing in general. This will be a relaxed and informal session that we hope will prove useful in developing your writing. Amanda Jennings, novelist and mentor    About the speaker Amanda Jennings is the author of three novels. Her debut, Sworn Secret, was a Kindle bestseller in the UK, US and Italy, and her second book, The Judas Scar, has been optioned by a television production company. Her third, In Her Wake, a psychological thriller set in Cornwall, was published earlier this year. She is a regular guest-presenter of BBC Berkshire?s Book Club and a judge for the Henley Youth Festival writing competition. When not writing she can generally be found loitering on social media. Got your ticket? Register now so you don?t miss out!   About BritMums is the UK’s largest parent blogger collective. We offer bloggers the latest support, advice and how-tos as well as feature great content on food, travel, relationships, health, charities, crafting and much more. Our social network is free to join and helps bloggers connect with others; our BritMums Pro programme connects bloggers with brands on our high-quality projects and our annual conference, BritMums Live, is the blogging event of the year. Panorama...

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In the Driving seat ? THE JAMES HUNT 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION by BELSTAFF

Posted on Jun 3, 2016

Forget your David Beckhams and your Jensen Buttons when it comes to International, playboy, sporting Superstars nobody comes close to the legend that was James Hunt. He lived his life, in the same way he drove his Formula 1 cars, FAST. Hunt hit Formula One and, with his good looks, bad-boy image and winning ways, became a fan favorite. His off-track exploits became perhaps better known than his racing successes, and his personality always seemed to overshadow his racing. In 1976 at the Japanese Grand Prix in Fuji, Hunt finally snatched the champion and overtook longtime rival and fellow racing hero Niki Lauda by one dramatic point and became the champion of his sport. To mark this sporting legend, luxury British lifestyle brand, Belstaff wanted to commemorate such an incredible moment in racing history by unveiling the James Hunt 40th anniversary capsule collection ? created in collaboration with his sons Tom and Freddie ? celebrating their father?s legacy and indomitable spirit. The capsule comprises six exclusive pieces referencing Belstaff?s historical outerwear pieces and Hunt?s iconic red race suit with the white horizontal stitching, while also influenced by the racing colours of Hunt?s iconic Hesketh car. In hand-waxed leather there are two key styles: a four-pocket belted jacket with quilting details on the shoulder and a second shorter shape with two chest pockets. Both formats are lined in the style of Hunt?s iconic race suit, being red with white vertical stitching. A new soya wax cotton has been introduced on a short café-racer blouson, making it an easy-to-wear everyday style. To accompany the outerwear there is a polo and T-shirt in pop colours with a racer strip on the former, while both carry reproductions of Hunt?s signature. To complete the look, there are also straight-legged black denim jeans. go...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Review ? 2 Ups And 3 Downs

Posted on Jun 3, 2016

Paramount Pictures Rating: ?? When hockey-obsessed vigilante Casey Jones meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the first time in Out Of The Shadows, he goes straight into an alien-fearing freak-out, explaining how humans are food and that the strange beasts shouldn’t eat him. It?s an obvious jab on the part of Michael Bay at the time he said the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would ditch the adolescence and the transfiguration, instead making them extra-terrestrials, much to the audience’s dismay, which is pretty fitting; there’s a big feeling that Out Of The Shadows is trying to atone for the sins of just about everything involved in the first movie, one of the most head-bangingly awful films of the past few years. And number two is ultimately better. In fact, I’d say it’s the best of all these Michael Bay-produced approximations of nostalgia properties. Obviously that’s not saying all that much, and the film is certainly mired in the same root problems that made the previous film and Transformers such struggles to sit through. It’s more fun, but by how much? Let’s find out with two ups and three downs from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows....

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2016 Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix team radio transcripts | 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

Posted on Jun 2, 2016

?I think the whole afternoon [the medium compound] was the slower tyre for us,? reflected Sebastian Vettel after the Spanish Grand Prix. ?I think I said it on the radio, so it was probably broadcast.? In recent years drivers have become used to assuming that any interesting scrap of information they reveal on their radios will be broadcast to the watching world by Formula One Management. But since the beginning of the 2016 season this has clearly changed. While new rules have reduced the amount of discussion which can go on between driver and team at the same time FOM is revealing less of the communications which do take place. The result is little more than a few dozen messages are now heard per race compared to the hundreds which were being broadcast 12 months ago. Go ad-free for just £1 per month >> Find out more and sign up 2016 Monaco Grand Prix team radio transcript Lap* Driver Message 3 From Daniil Kvyat I am still stuck in a constant speed guys, it doesn?t work. 3 From Daniil Kvyat Why does this happen to me all the time?. 5 From Kevin Magnussen The track is ready now we can start racing, come on. 5 From Lewis Hamilton The spray is better now let?s get going. 11 From Romain Grosjean What is Kimi doing?. 11 To Romain Grosjean He hit the wall. 11 From Romain Grosjean [Censored by FOM] he blocked me. 21 From Kevin Magnussen What the [censored by FOM] did Kvyat do?. 35 From Max Verstappen Ah I crashed. 35 From Max Verstappen Ah I crashed. 37 From Daniel Ricciardo What the [censored by FOM] was that?. 39 To Daniel Ricciardo OK mate, let?s get your head together, you are quicker than him, let?s do it. 49 To Felipe Nasr Just swap position, Felipe, just swap position. 50 To Felipe Nasr Felipe, if Marcus will not pull away you will gain a position. 50 From Felipe Nasr For what reason, give me a reason. 50 From Felipe Nasr Why, why him, why? Give me a reason why. 51 To Felipe Nasr He is much quicker at the minute, if he does not pull away you will gain the position. 51 To Felipe Nasr OK Felipe, this is from the top, we need to swap positions now please. Let?s do it, let?s get it done, T1. 51 From Marcus Ericsson I guess there is something wrong with his radio. 52 To Marcus Ericsson Sounds like, sound like. 52 From Felipe Nasr Why Marcus did that, why?. 53 From Felipe Nasr There?s some internal smoke in the car. . 60 To Jenson Button Jenson there is a small shower on the radar. If it reaches the circuit it would be about eight laps to go. 68 To Sebastian Vettel Debris on the main straight, be careful, stay to the...

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Poetry & Prose Round-up: Here comes summer!

Posted on Jun 2, 2016

It?s June! Who?s ready for a bit of sunshine? I?m already going into summer mode here ? spending more time outdoors and going on walks with friends rather than chatting over tea and cake. Of course, tea and cake aren?t off the agenda entirely, (unthinkable!) But I do love a bit of fresh air ? it helps to get the creative juices flowing, I think. I have to say, you lot don?t seem to be struggling at all in the creativity department at the moment ? as usual, I?m surrounded by a whole heap of poetry and prose to share! I?ll start with a wonderful, positive poem from our very own BritMums Editor, Nadine from JuggleMum ? it?s all about being who you are, and it really made me smile. I also loved Leigh from Headspace Perspective?s piece, ?Choose Life?, all about making positive decisions, and Victoria from VeViVos?s reflective poem about taking stock of everything good she has in her life ? which is a lot . Another reflective piece I enjoyed was this short story from Whimsical Writer which has a lovely, soothing flow to it, as does this beautiful poem, ?Drifting?, by Becky at Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl. Laura at Raising Elves wrote a really expressive piece about ?riding the waves? of depression which ? despite the darkness ? has such positivity too, and Emma at MS Calling?s poem about how she?s really feeling has a beautiful honesty to it. These weren?t the only creative works that had me thinking this month: And Then There Were Two shared a thought-provoking poem comparing weather to emotions, Rachael from Writing, People, Poetry wrote some flash fiction with a meaning worth unlocking (you?ll have to read it to get the pun there? ) and Sara from Mum Turned Mom shared a poem oozing with mystery! Then there was the beautiful poem ?Tonight We Ignite A Rainbow? about a real art installation in the Lake District from Kirstie at Poet in Motion; I loved it when I read it, and then the spoken spoken word version with accompanying video made me cry ? just stunning! Creativity ? in childhood, this time ? also jumped out of this poem by Carol at Virtually All Sorts about her daughter?s arts and crafts desk while Antonia at 38 to 39 captured freedom and imagination perfectly in this prose piece set in a school. Catching The Magic?s beautiful poem about childhood had a similar feel while Lucy at The Parent Game shared a poem that her son had co-written ? the perfect example of childhood creativity! Although I haven?t shared much poetry on my blog this month (I took a little blog and social media break ? a whole week without Twitter or Facebook!), I did draw some cartoons exploring creativity in kids ? it?s something close to my heart. If there?s one theme that recurs every month in the BritMums community then it?s love. Honestly, you lot are...

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