Moonpig’s #MerrierTogether Christmas Campaign Launch Event

moonpig goodie tote bags piled up on table covered with fairy lights
Image Credits: Matt Chappell, Moonpig

[GIFTED] Many thanks to CoLab and the Moonpig UK Team for inviting me to this event!

So here’s the thing. I’m one of ‘those’ people who firmly believe that beginning to celebrate Christmas too early takes away some of the magic from it. That said, a festive day full of seasonal food and crafts alongside a brand with such a wholesome message behind its Christmas campaign has sorted me right out. Hand me a glass of mulled wine as I enter the room and I’m all in: I’m sat here writing this post in my festive leggings and debating whether it’s too early to whip the decs out…

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Books You Need In Your Life, July- September 2018

coloured book spines arranged next to plant pot

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham (Walker YA)

“They say that sarcasm is the lowest form of humour but for me, sarcasm is a sanity-saver. If I wasn’t able to make fun of my situation I think my heart would crack in two from the tragedy of it all”.

If you managed to read the title of this book without automatically singing along to the tune of it in your head, I applaud you.

Siobhan Curham’s latest novel follows the narrative of two young people in remarkably different circumstances, and the story of how their hidden similarities come to reveal themselves. It’s a gorgeous story of friendship, but from each viewpoint, some hefty real-world issues are tackled head on. First we have Stevie, quietly living in poverty and singlehandedly caring for her mum, who’s suffering from debilitating depression and facing unjust cuts to her disability benefits. Then we have refugee Hafiz, still emotionally recovering from fleeing the war in Syria and trying to find his feet in the UK, all the while not knowing whether his family and friends are even still alive.

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