In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong combines epic romance with harrowing warfare. Written in 1993, Faulks brings the horrors of the First World War to the modern reader in this vivid novel. Birdsong follows the life of Stephen Wraysford as he begins as an apprentice in Amiens, France. Stephen lives with his employer Rene and his beautiful wife Isabelle, in a trance of perfect domesticity. … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

#FillTheGap Workshop and Protest with Like A Dude Theatre Company

On Thursday 22nd March, I had the pleasure of attending Like A Dude Theatre Company’s workshop and protest that questioned, and ultimately campaigned against, the gender pay gap. The experience was truly extraordinary and genuinely empowering. Here is how it went. On Thursday morning I headed out and gathered with the other participants outside of the Exeter Community Centre. We were met by one of … Continue reading #FillTheGap Workshop and Protest with Like A Dude Theatre Company

Review: Field Music @ Exeter Phoenix

How many cowbells are too many cowbells? The limit does not exist. Or so was the case for Field Music’s recent gig at Exeter Phoenix. Both Field Music, fronted by Sunderland-hailing brothers Peter and David Brewis, and their warm up act, Mary Epworth, certainly delivered on that front, treating the audience to a celebration of percussion. Considered one of the more difficult idiophonic instruments to … Continue reading Review: Field Music @ Exeter Phoenix

Review: May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews

Country singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews became something of an overnight success in America after her critically-acclaimed breakthrough album Honest Life was released last year. Prior to that, she’d spent over ten years trying to break into the business as a solo artist, ever since she left her home state of Arizona at the age of 16 to go on the road. She has supported over … Continue reading Review: May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews

Review: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Exeter University Theatre Company

Thoroughly ridiculous and completely hilarious, EUTCO’s production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ kept the audience on the edge of their seat. A modern adaptation by Richard Bean of the Commedia dell’arte play “Servant of Two Masters”, the show is set in a delightful 1960s Brighton, with an eclectic range of characters, songs, dance and foolery, making for a night of hilarious entertainment. The complex play … Continue reading Review: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Exeter University Theatre Company

Review & Interview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

Tom Walker is an upcoming artist from Manchester, who started his UK tour last Sunday right here in Exeter. Before the actual performance, I had the opportunity to interview him myself. For a man with such a huge voice and talent, he was actually an extremely humble and genuine guy and was very happy to open up about his journey into music. With this interview, … Continue reading Review & Interview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Beetroot and Smoked Mackerel Salad with Pitta Chips

Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 1 smoked mackerel fillet 1 tbsp low fat soft cheese 2 tsp wholegrain mustard Squeeze of lemon 1 raw beetroot Handful of lettuce 1 wholegrain pitta 1 sprig of fresh rosemary 4 or 5 sun-blushed or cherry tomatoes Method Flake the fish into a bowl, add in the mustard and soft cheese, with lots of pepper and lemon juice. Mix together … Continue reading Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Beetroot and Smoked Mackerel Salad with Pitta Chips

Review: A Fantastic Woman

The winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, A Fantastic Woman, is a fascinating exploration of discrimination, love, and grief portrayed through a stunning performance by Chile’s first openly transgender actress, Daniela Vega. The film follows Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress and singer, in the days following her boyfriend Orlando’s (Fancisco Reyes) death. The film delves into the prejudice she faces from … Continue reading Review: A Fantastic Woman

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Makes 1-2 servings (but can be easily double although you may want to make fresh that morning or night before so ingredients don’t go soggy in the fridge) Ingredients 1 raw beetroot 1 tsp wholegrain mustard Ham trimmings (do not be put off by buying ham trimmings, they are significantly cheaper, and are lot more satisfying that wafer slices) 6 cherry tomatoes 1 roasted red … Continue reading Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Roast Salmon and Beetroot with a Yoghurt and Mint Dressing

Makes 2 main servings (with enough veg for leftovers) Ingredients 2 salmon fillets 2 raw beetroots 1 butternut squash 3 shallots 1 pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp Lazy Garlic 2 tsp fresh thyme 3 tbsp low fat yogurt 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint ½ lemon (juice) Method Chop up the veg and put into a bowl, pour the olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, … Continue reading Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Roast Salmon and Beetroot with a Yoghurt and Mint Dressing