Wake up / And know that the worth of a woman isn't to drag around exhausted bones, never pausing to ponder /Though she may tire and feel depressed and put upon and not enough / That is not her worth ...

My creative champion was a woman who could recite Macbeth (by heart!) in the Queen's English and have me rolling in laughter with her Jamaican patois. Dear mum. Thank you. ...

As an expat in Norway, I am often asked if I speak Norwegian. I don't. And I miss the nuances of a language that was my water for an entire lifetime and which I swam in daily. ...

Despite some evidence to the contrary, sisterhood is – thankfully – alive and well and thriving. ...

Today, I shudder at all the racist rhetoric peddled by people, some of whom I never thought would spew such hatred. I pray that a day will come when the rivers will never have to run blood again. ...

Being a film extra, tequila girl, event hostess and leaflet-giver-outer gave me the freedom to keep my dreams alive. It gave me the ability to choose my destiny and not get stuck on someone else’s agenda. ...

Being a new mum means there's a new life force coursing through your veins. It's a new kind of energy that can be harnessed into a creative activity just for you. ...

There’s a time to be bold and courageous / To live freely, fearlessly, ferociously / Then there’s a time to weather life’s storms, slowly and calmly and gently / While dunking your biscuits in the tea of life. ...

Spoiler alert: I don't think they do. Just like our Hindu cousins believe about us, I believe our dreams are reincarnated. They're presented in a new shape and form and we have to be alert to the signs, signals and serendipities that point the way...

The political became personal last week when Britain voted out of the EU. I won't go into the ins and outs of my personal feelings. But I will say this. Extraction – even when wanted – is painful and takes a lot of recovery....