This is it; the evenings are longer, the jumpers are out, and I am well and truly embracing my extra built-in layers. Autumn is here; the most wonderful time of year.
I am keen to soak it up as much as possible, although the month ahead may be one of my busiest yet!
I managed to cram a lot in during September and I’m not quite sure how! A hen weekend, a visit from my Mum, a record number of blog posts, a large number of shows and a few day trips here and there – I blinked, and the month vanished!
I very much feel like I am always looking forward and never enjoying the moment, and despite October looking equally as rammed, I’m keen to change that. Anyone got any tips?
Anyway, enough of that. Let’s share a few of my monthly favourites.
No, I’ve not watched Bodyguard, but I *have* been watching Killing Eve, and I am hooked! I don’t always find it easy to get stuck into a heavy series like this, and crime drama isn’t usually my thing, but this is a masterpiece. It’s fast-paced, witty, beautifully shot and gripping. I’m a sucker for imperfect characters and this is full of ’em. I can’t wait to settle down with the next episode.
To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved
Everyone was waxing lyrical about this Netflix film, so I settled down to watch it while recovering from a hen weekend. It’s an easy-watch romcom that’s a little different, full of feeling and again, stunning. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been listening to the soundtrack while I work, too.
Not a recent film, but one I watched with my Mum when she came to stay last month. It tells the story of John Lennon’s youth; starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John, it’s poignant and fascinating and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected!
Women in Power
I had the pleasure of watching the absolute riot that is Women in Power at NST in September. It was wild and rude and clever; I’ve never seen anything like it! If you’re feeling curious, you can read my review for Broadway World UK.
Another night at NST and this time a fusion of Greek Mythology and gender fluidity. Bullish is on tour at the moment and I urge you to check it out if you want to be entertained and educated. Another review of mine for Broadway World UK.
Eastleigh Film Festival
I went along to two nights at the Eastleigh Film Festival 2018 to see Lady Bird and Journey’s End, both in great locations. The films were wonderful, as was the event. I’ve written about why you should make sure you go in 2019!
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
This book was just the tonic I needed at the start of the month, when things all got a bit much quite quickly. I got it from my local library, but I’m considering buying a copy to keep on my shelf as a reminder, for when things kick off again. I’m planning to review this book soon, but if you’re thinking of buying it, I recommend it!
Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce
I wasn’t overly sure about this book when I first started it, but I gobbled it up fast and wanted more. Another one to review, and another one I’d recommend highly.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I finished this on the last day of the month. It was one of those books I thought about when I wasn’t reading it. It’s an unusual novel with a brilliant storyline and I can’t wait to get my hands on Sally’s latest book, Normal People.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This quirky book was another great read; an unusual style and some fabulously random characters, with an unexpected plot…I whizzed through it in my lunch hours.
Art And Stuff!
My talented friend Amy Harwood has ventured into the world of podcasting! Her new series, Art & Stuff! explores the things that inspire us the most. Her first guest, comedian, actor, and writer Christie Grattan, spoke about British sitcoms and his admiration for the women in his life and he was witty and brilliant. I’m already excited for the next episode! One to subscribe to for sure if you love chatty podcasts, for sure. Well done Amy!
Time after Time at John Hansard Gallery
I popped into the latest exhibition at Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery, Time After Time, which resurrects some of the Gallery’s past shows for a fresh look. There are some great pieces weaving in chemistry and language with art; it’s on until 3rd November and well worth a look.
Two years of Jo Fisher Writes!
YES! My blog turned TWO in September! I completely forgot until a few days later and popped a feeble ‘yay’ on Twitter, but something tells me I should celebrate (and thank you readers!) properly. Any ideas?
Anyway, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for reading, sharing, following, liking and commenting on my posts. It means much more than I think you realise!
Winning Stylist‘s Wedding Poetry competition
In September I was announced as the winner of Stylist Magazine’s first ever wedding poetry competition! I couldn’t have been more delighted and surprised and I have had some lovely words from people who have read my piece! You can read more about this, and the winning poem itself, in my blog post breaking the news!