Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Art in an Age of Anxiety

Photo taken by me


Hello everyone.

Right now, the world is a scary place.

This fear isn't discriminating. However, those of us with existing mental health issues are being affected more than normal.

Concerts, conventions, and theatre shows are being cancelled. Travel plans are being put on hold, groups of friends are being told not to continue their weekly traditions at their local pub. Love is being told to distance itself. People are being told to distance themselves from art.

A lot of people on Twitter are offering to provide art for others who need to self-isolate, and I thought I would join in.

I have made a simple poetry zine, and it is completely free to read. The first issue is called 'Healing' and contains four positive poems about the title subject.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT

If you would like to access more art for free, I will be sharing lots of links over on Twitter.

Stay safe, and keep consuming art.

We will heal together.


Sunday, 8 March 2020

The Kindness of Strangers


Happy International Women's Day everyone!

Today has been surreal. 

Last night, I asked some of my Twitter friends to send me their Amazon wish-lists so I could buy them a book. I wasn't feeling too great about myself or the world, and wanted to spread some love.

Well, I spread some love around. And got a lot of love in return.

Today, I saw a similar post from a fellow blogger asking for more wish-lists, so I left mine in the comments whilst scrolling through and buying a book for as many people as I could. Their post had a lot more responses, so I spent a while interacting with people from all over the world.

I was not expecting so many people to reply to my link, telling me they had sent me 'a little something'. All I wanted to do was brighten a few people's days, but actually they ended up brightening mine.

There are many times in life when you can feel all alone in the world. I'm very blessed in my life, but I still feel that loneliness sometimes. And sometimes, you just need someone to remind you that you're not alone.

I have been overwhelmed with love today. I know that I am not alone.

So to the women, men, and non-binary friends who have bought me a book: THANK YOU. It means more to me than you will ever know.

If you would like to send a book to some lovely people, here is the link to the post I'm included in

If you can't afford a book, a nice comment on someone's blog post or a message to let them know they're not alone can mean just as much.

My faith in humanity is constantly restored.

Keep being lovely, and keep spreading the love in any way you can.

Hannah x

Friday, 6 March 2020

REVIEW: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Photo by me @hannahkimmins

Title: .Harrow Lake
Author: Kat Ellis
Publisher: Penguin 
Release Date: 9th July 2020
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Page Count: 320
Original Language: English
Format Read: Paperback arc
Other books in series: N/A
Movie Adaptation: N/A (but omg I wish)

Pre-order: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository 


Welcome to Harrow Lake. Someone's expecting you . . .
Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker - she thinks nothing can scare her.
But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she's swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she's never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father's most iconic horror movie was shot.
The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map - and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.
And there's someone - or something - stalking her every move.
The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola's got secrets of her own. And if she can't find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her.


Review

I was kindly gifted this book by the team over at Penguin Platform, and even though I had no idea what to expect, I ended up devouring this book!

Just like Mr Jitters will devour you...

Rarely am I actually able to visualise every word in a book, but this is an exception. The entire novel played out seamlessly in my head as if I was watching a horror film. This, I suppose, is testament to Kat Ellis' incredible talent for description and imagery. 

Photo by me

Over the past year, there has been a thriller revolution in young adult fiction, and I am HERE FOR IT. This is a fast-paced horror, which I loved, because there is nothing worse than a thriller where nothing happens. This story is crammed with detail and suspense. 

Lola is a brilliantly developed character who is driven to madness with both the secrets her family keep from her and the secrets she keeps from everyone else. Forced to wear her absent mother's old costumes whilst she stays with her grandmother in the town made famous from the film her parents created together, she is consumed by the thought of Mr Jitters, the monster from Harrow Lake's folk tales. However, humans are often the real monsters...

In short, this is a brilliant book that successfully makes it's mark in the current YA trends, and I can't wait to see what Kat Ellis does next.

Pre-order now!