People have started tiptoeing around the C word this month, so let's just say it. The shops are making us think about Christmas because, well, it's vaguely cold enough and they can. Urgh, I'm already sighing so let's get the disclaimer over with. I'm going to try really hard not to rant but here it … Continue reading The C word
Last week a chest infection meant we had to skip our usual week of baby groups and I wondered how quickly someone can go mad if they don't leave the house with a baby. (Answer: surprisingly fast.) A week at home was too much, but after throwing ourselves back into sensory groups, music, dance and … Continue reading The art of the nothing day
So many people describe having a baby as a time which really puts a strain on your relationship. I think if you're a good partnership that support each other well this doesn't necessarily have to be the case, but one thing you can't get around is how much time gets stripped away from you as … Continue reading A week of ups and downs
Back as promised! This week, as usual lately, has been manic and flown past so fast I'm not sure I stopped to eat more than a handful of month-old Starburst. But here I am; rocking Saturday night by blogging (and publishing on Sunday). In my last post I let you know that I became a … Continue reading Finding a work-life balance with a baby
I'm back! Things have been really quiet for me on the blog for a while, but time away has confirmed just how much I love blogging and how much I missed writing regular posts, so I'm making a commitment to coming back to my little WordPress site. This autumn marks nine years since I started … Continue reading I’m back!
Five days into the new year should be enough for most people to recognise that their resolutions aren’t working, and more often than not it’s because they’re about giving something up. By aiming to achieve something by the end of the year instead, we’re less likely to fail and, well, frankly, more likely to remember … Continue reading Replace your failed New Year’s resolutions with creative aims this year
Yesterday the news broke that my hometown, formerly top of crappiest places to live in the UK, was now in the top ten of world cities to visit in 2016, according to Rough Guides. Puzzled? Yes. Proud? Undoubtedly. This is a city in which you can actually buy t-shirts branded with the phrase, “Come to … Continue reading Come to Hull, it’s not shit anymore
Here at Laura Smith Writer HQ things have reached a bit of a slump lately. I’m sure every piece of start-up and business advice would go against admitting that. Business owners are meant to be upbeat, positive and busy all of the time, if not to be successful then at least to appear to be. … Continue reading Some brutal honesty for those lacking motivation
Dance, visual art, photography, theatre, film, music, poetry and more. If you’re in the creative industries in Hull I want to hear from you! What Next Generation Hull is a brand new group being set up to reflect the work of the national What Next movement. The aim of the group is to reach out … Continue reading New cultural opportunities in Hull City of Culture
As I write this I’m sat in a café looking at some local art on the wall priced for sale at £220. It’s approximately the size of two A3 sheets of paper (in fact, it may be two A3 sheets of paper as there’s a suspicious seam down the middle), and pretty as it is, … Continue reading What makes art, art?