Sometimes I write an article for a magazine that really leaves me with a warm glow inside... Plants Are Magic is one such magazine.
Filled with inspiration for greater connection to the earth, you will find articles from artisans the world over so I was thrilled when Editor, Rebecca Desnos, asked me to write about the story behind my handcrafted family business Little Loquat.
My article 'Beauty in Nature' appeared in an issue focused on local and you can read it by clicking the image above.
Voices from the Grid is an anthology of short stories all set in Milton Keynes and all written by local writers. I'm thrilled and very proud to finally see my story 'Barefoot in the City' in print as part of this collection and to be part of a little bit of history from my hometown.
A wonderful memento of Milton Keynes life, if you would like a copy for yourself or to give as a gift they can be purchased for £5 from:
Community Learning MK
And if you telephone them, they will post a copy out to you :-)
The melancholy of autumn may be no bad thing
for with each fallen leaf, a new dream can begin
and with each fleeting glimpse of that low orangey sun,
is the belief that always, something amazing can be begun.
~ Alice Griffin
I always find the coming of autumn a melancholy time... the colder weather, the lowering sun, the feeling that a long winter is stretched ahead... every year I have to remind myself to take note of the beauty and also remind myself that autumn is about rebirth.
Writing this little poem I was gazing out at the leaves floating from the trees and although I'm no longer living on a narrowboat, autumn always reminds me of woodsmoke and quiet waters...
My poem, This Gentle Earth, is featured on the lovely Vegan Life Magazine website.
The thoughts behind my words were about how we can all start making a change in the world simply by finding compassion for each living being... I hope you enjoy it.
You can also hear me reading this poem over on my YouTube Channel.
“Only when we have become non-violent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves,”
~ Cesar Chavez
It's always lovely to receive a positive review for something I have created, especially when it's from a well-respected source.
My Character Education Discussion Cards, illustrated by Heidi Rivolta, were recently reviewed in the SNIP (Special Needs Information Press) newsletter and I'm so appreciative of their kind words and endorsement. Any resource that I can produce that goes to helping children and young people progress and develop healthily and happily, I feel proud of being a part of.
Special Needs Information Press (SNIP) is a twelve page monthly newsletter produced by two SEN teachers. It aims to support staff in schools to identify and address the diverse needs of pupils, in order to promote their learning and school success.
SNIP has been published since 1991 and is photocopiable to enable the sharing of information throughout subscribing settings. It aims to provide up-to-date information on strategies, processes, resources, research, legislation and guidelines, to support staff to become confident and effective teachers of children with additional needs.
I recently submitted a short story ‘Barefoot in the City’ to the MK50 Short Story Competition. Celebrating 50 years of Milton Keynes (my hometown) there were lots of things going on - my daughter even won a drawing competition for her ‘concrete cow’ design!!
Well, my story didn’t win… but I was so pleased to hear this morning that it has been selected as one of 50 to be featured in a published anthology: Voices from the Grid.
I am constantly surprised that wherever I go I meet people who know of Milton Keynes, but it’s not always for the right reasons… ‘so busy’, ‘no soul‘, ‘all roundabouts and shopping’ and yet for me, this city where I grew up, is so much more than that. There is a thriving arts scene and many wonderful projects and businesses that have a true passion for creating a better world and of course, there are way more green spaces than most people realise...
For me being close to nature is at my core and I was lucky enough to have spent my childhood climbing trees, enjoying picnics and swimming in rivers… yes, in a city! As an adult I have lived on narrowboats and enjoyed Milton Keynes from a completely different angle and my short story reflects this love of the green spaces, taking readers to those that I hold dear through the memories of a fictional character.
Copies will be available to buy at the MK Literary Festival and after that from Community Learning MK, Rivers Centre, Trent Road, West Bletchley, MK3 7BB
Or you can read it right here...
My youtube channel where I will be sharing readings of my poetry and short stories.
I was thrilled to have one of my poems 'It Started with an Ant' featured in the August 2017 VIVA! Podcast. You can listen right here. My poem is 16 minutes in, but of course I'd rather you listen to the whole show ;-)
As a vegan family we are passionate about spreading the message of kindness to all animals but sometimes it’s hard to know how best to do this. After some thought I realised that my voice is through my writing and so, I decided to write a short collection of poems that reflect my own journey from meat eater, to vegetarian, to vegan. Each of the five poems reflect the questions I have pondered myself on my own journey and I hope they will resonate with anyone pondering their own eating habits with regards to animals.
VIVA! or Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals, is a British animal rights group, which focuses on promoting veganism. They do amazing and very important work that highlights the truth behind what really goes on in the animal farming industry.
“The most powerful action you can take to end animal suffering, protect the environment and improve your health is to go vegan. Support us and help Viva! campaign for a better world.” ~ Juliet Gellatley, VIVA! Founder.
My latest article for JUNO Magazine ~ I am Consciously Unplugged and I am Conscious ~ is all about my need to switch off from technology and the busyness of life and reconnect; with nature, my family, myself... and how I achieve this on the waterways of England.
It is now available to read right here.
My most recent article for Canal Boating Times ~ My Waterways ~ is now available to read right here.
Last year my publisher for Winston the Worried Whale asked me to work on a new resource based around Character Education. A departure from my usual path (stories), this set of Character Education Discussion Cards instead called on my studies and experience working with children and young people and I was thrilled to be involved!
Now published, they are primarily aimed at Primary School Teachers to help nurture strength of character in their pupils - enabling them to take responsibility for their own behaviour and help others. They are available to buy right here.
This month’s Bird Watching Magazine (October 2016) includes a little article from me about my experiences bird-watching from my narrowboat. It was written a while back after a trip from the Grand Union up to the Shropshire Union… reading it now takes me back to that glorious spring/summer on the water.
Available in WH Smith and various other newsagents, I’ll also post a copy to read here, sometime in October.
I recently wrote an article for the lovely JUNO magazine and it appears in this months issue ~ September 2016.
It’s all about my trip from the North to South of England by narrowboat and how it gave me a much-needed break from the busyness that life can be, and particularly from technology and that feeling of being ‘always on’.
It’s about switching off and reconnecting with the people around us and nature.
You can pick copies up at WH Smith, independent shops and also direct from their website and you will be able to read the article on my website in December.
JUNO is a natural parenting magazine and always makes for an interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring read.
I was so pleased to receive an email from my publisher the other day attaching a review for my children's story and activity resource, Winston the Worried Whale, from the School Library Association Journal.
Reviews are an essential part of ensuring a book gets out into the world and if Winston can help even one or two children talk about and even overcome their worries and anxiety, then I'll be a happy lady.
You can read the review right here and if you think Winston might be able to help a little worrier you know, then you can buy a copy of the book directly from my publisher or on Amazon.
My short story 'Quiet Space' appears in Canal Boating Times this month and you can read it right here:
First Draught ~ Quiet Space ~ by Alice Griffin
I noted down the first sentence of this story after a blustery walk in the town where I did indeed go to school and spend many of my younger years... and of course, my love of canals and all things narrowboats, is heartfelt.
I hope you will grab a cuppa, take five minutes out and enjoy this short story!
I'm so pleased to have received some wonderful feedback and reviews for my first published children's book, Winston the Worried Whale.
You can read some thoughts from educational publications, teachers, teaching assistants, parents, bookshops and librarians by clicking the link right here.
And don't forget you can buy a signed copy of Winston directly from me via my Etsy shop.
I was so happy to pick up a copy of PRIMA Magazine the other day and see my story 'The Walk' in print!
If you're in the UK, do go and take a sneaky peek ;-)
My latest article was written for Canal Boating Times and is all about raising children on narrowboats.
I have spent many years living on narrowboats (on and off) and love every minute of it. In particular I actively chose such a lifestyle for my young daughter and feel she has benefited greatly from living on the canal and I can't recommend narrowboat life enough for other families looking for a different way.
I hope you enjoy!
Back in the Spring of 2013 I headed off for a month-long adventure with my then 7-year-old daughter and 74-year-old Dad. We took a plane from the UK to Malaga and then worked our way along the South coast of Spain, into rural Extremadura, across to Lisbon and then into the mountains of Central Portugal... all by bus.
It was a wonderful trip, not just for the things we saw, but mostly for the time we spent together.
This article, written for the June issue of JUNO Magazine, tells the story.
I hope some of you will enjoy!
I'm pleased to announce that my first children's book ~ Winston the Worried Whale ~ is now available on Amazon. If you know any little people who you think would like this story, please click on the image above to find out more and order your copy :-)
I am over the moon to have already received some positive feedback from both libraries and school teachers and just recently from Sarah of the BookBarge, which particularly made me smile!
"Not only a reassuring read for kids, 'Winston the Worried Whale' is going to have a whole heap of neurotic adults breathing easy again too. It's a comforting, captivating tale."
Winston is also available through other channels:
Thank you for your support and I really hope you enjoy this little tale about confidence, believing in yourself, finding happiness and loving those close to you!
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