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Last week I found myself at the Wiltshire Women in Business Conference facing a room full of people I’d never met before, about to lead a workshop I hadn’t had time to prep for.
At 9pm the previous night, the original facilitator cancelled and I was given the option to take her place. At the time, I very nearly said no. Honestly, I was...Read More
There are a lot of reasons to love Kiva.org, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives.’
Aside from the obvious - that it’s a spectacular platform for enabling entrepreneurs without access to traditional banking systems to fulfil their potential- it is also an...Read More
One of our favourite projects of 2016 was the messaging and language for an unusual property development project in London.
This client had painstakingly bought individual pieces of riverside land, spanning 26 acres in East London.
Having done so, they could have quickly developed every inch and turned a fast, substantial, short...Read More
It was over 16 years ago that I cut my copywriting teeth working for the Cabinet Office on the Government’s UK Online campaign. Which included a memorable all-nighter at the infamous Cobra (emergency) press office.
Now we’re coming full circle…
I’m thrilled to announce that Inkspiller has just been accepted on to the...Read More
Do you remember Amadeo De Jesús, the 66 year old beekeeper from El Salvador?
Back in February 2016 we helped to lend him $1,100 via Kiva.org, the site we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives’, in order to purchase more equipment and boxes to house his hives. (If you missed it, you can read his storyRead More
I’m the child of socialist revolutionaries. Every weekend of the formative years of my life was spent at demonstrations, singing protest songs, giving out flyers… you get the picture.
Early on I learned to look below the surface, question the status quo and fight for change. Which has been a gift.
But my parents’ politics were...Read More
Confession: I am a terrible proofreader.
I work with a trusted partner wherever possible (Hello, Lynn!) because I find it virtually impossible to proofread my own work.
After having written something over several drafts I literally cannot see the typos. And yes, there are always typos.
In my defence, even Harry Potter and...Read More
Go to the gym every day! Never drink gin! Delete Facebook!
No. I’m not a big fan of wildly optimistic New Year’s resolutions either. With the notable exception of January 2001 when I gave up smoking as a student (it was either that, or give up electricity) I’m just not very good at sticking to them. Also I don’t do the gym and wouldn’t...Read More
Just like many of our friends, colleagues and clients we won’t be sending Christmas cards from Inkspiller this year. Instead, we’re making a special donation directly to Kiva.org, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans than change lives.’
In case you’ve missed our posts about them (where have you been?) Kiva’s mission is...Read More
Photo: Me with Sad Rabbit, circa 1980
Sad Rabbit wasn’t always sad.
Originally, when his smile was still stitched on properly, his name was Fluffy and he wasn’t tatty but caramel coloured with velvety ears. He was my most beloved childhood cuddly toy.
I still remember standing with my nose...Read More