What a difference a song makes

Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.

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Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey Unpicking her twistiest crime scene yet, Maeve Kerrigan is back – and she’s had a promotion. At the end of 2015, the book I wanted to read didn’t seem to exist. There seemed to be a lack of crime novels with ambitious young heroines as protagonists, though there were … Continue reading Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet

I’m an impostor & everyone is about to find out

A fear that teachers or colleagues will realise you have no real grasp on the work. A snake of insecurity that means you can't comprehend how you deserve to be part of a friendship circle. A shiver of apprehension every time you have to present something because of a belief that your ideas or results can’t possibly be enough. Or – as in my case – a cold, constant voice in the back of your head telling you that you are not really a writer, that you’ve been fooling everyone and one day they’ll turn on you because of it. Oh yes, it’s time to talk Impostor Syndrome.