Running a creative company in the digital age

St Albans Film Festival is back for its 5th year, from 26th June – 1st July 2018. The festival includes an Open Air Cinema in the beautiful grounds of St Albans Cathedral, as well as a programme of workshops, short films and feature films. One of the workshops on offer is “Running a Creative Company [read more]

New book club shortlist

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. This time the shortlist contains a selection of books from amazon.co.uk’s top 100 bestsellers. If you’re local to St Albans and want to come along to our monthly book [read more]

Hobby inspiration | Classes and activities around St Albans

It’s with embarrassment that I must admit my lack of hobbies. Aside from reading, writing and wellbeing; my interests largely revolve around food, drink and socialising! I just don’t seem to have found my ‘thing’. My creative talents are non-existent although I do enjoy lobbing paint on an empty egg box with the toddler and I [read more]

An A-Z of date ideas (in and around St Albans)

Whether it’s a long-overdue date night without the kids, a first date or a double date with friends…we hope you find some inspiration here in our A-Z of date ideas, in and around St Albans. ******************** Admire some artwork at one of these St Albans based Art Galleries – Gallery Rouge, Whitewall Galleries, or Nude [read more]

2018 book club shortlist | Part 1

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. If you’re local to [read more]

Book review | The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

The novel we discussed at September’s book club was ‘The Darkest Secret’ – written by Alex Marwood; the author of bestseller ‘The Wicked Girls’ and ‘The Killer Next Door’ (which is being adapted for film.) On a quick digression, Alex Marwood is actually not a real person. The author’s real name is Serena Mackesy and she first became [read more]

November book club – The Girl Before

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our November book club is The Girl Before by JP Delaney. “Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, [read more]

Books, podcasts, TV…

Relax; make yourself comfortable; take some time out from the rush of life. Whether you prefer to read, listen or watch; I hope this blog post gives you some inspiration. All the books, podcasts and television programmes listed below have been recommended by our Women Aloud members. Enjoy. BOOKS Himself by Jess Kidd – 1950: A teenage girl is brutally murdered in [read more]

September book club – Island of Secrets

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our September book club is Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson. “All her life, London-born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother’s secret past. Now planning her wedding, she feels she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in. Angie’s estranged elderly grandmother, Maria, is [read more]

Book review | Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

For our February book club, we met at The Hare & Hounds pub and the book we discussed was Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. The book is a bestselling psychological thriller that tells the story of two women whose lives unexpectedly become intertwined around an unsolved crime… “Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our latest book club shortlist [Part 2]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

We don’t just talk about books

If you’ve been to one of our book clubs before, you know that we don’t just talk about the book. If you haven’t joined us then it’s only fair to confess that occasionally our conversations veer off on tangents. We do come back to the book but along the way we make a few pit-stops. [read more]

No card. Again. It’s time for a card subscription.

I’m completely disorganised. I try not to be but I’m a work in progress. I remember a few weeks in advance that it’s someone’s birthday. This time I tell myself I WILL get that card sent on time, no, make that early. I’ll get that card bought, written and in the post way before it [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our book club shortlist [Part 1]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

April book club | The Muse by Jessie Burton

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our April book club is The Muse by Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist. (The Muse is currently on offer on Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton [read more]

Feel good songs | What’s on your playlist?

Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so.  I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat. So every [read more]