Shadow Magic

Ever since I was old enough to read, I immersed myself in stories of fantasy and worlds that you could only get to in your dreams. I suppose thats where my love of writing sprouted from. Being able to create the impossible and escape into worlds with infinite possibilities and outcomes. From magic to mystical creatures to adventures and peril, my childhood was filled with the stories of the many fantasy worlds created by some of the worlds most amazing authors. And its been a while since I’ve been able to find that buzz from a book that just so willingly pulls you in ensnares you so much that you struggle to pull yourself from it until you have absorbed every single word. Until today. I had heard whispers of a new not to be missed book from author Joshua Khan, with hints of magic and giant bats suggested my interest was peaked to say the least. The book came highly recommended from Beyond Book’s Media (Tony Higginson) who usually can tell you what best sellers are coming before they even hit the shelves. My shiny hardback arrived and immediately my interest was caught with the captivating artwork on the cover, that with the irreplaceable new book smell and I was already looking for the nearest quite space to hide and not be disturbed. And so I began to read, and I didn’t stop until I reached the end and the disappointment that Book 2 is not ready yet for me to devour. I literally could not put it down! From the intricate roles of the characters to the...

The Magic of the Old

The past can hold so many memories and emotions for us, especially from our childhoods. One of my fondest memories was visiting the theatre as a child. We didn’t have much money and it was a huge treat each year that I eagerly anticipated. Seeing my favourite books brought to life on the stage was about as magical as it could get for me. The most memorable was of course The fantastic Mr Fox, a firm favourite in my bank of child hood memories. I can remember entering the majestic theatre, with its velvet royal feel. Sitting eagerly in my seat and the excitement as the curtains drew back and the magic began. So imagine my joy when I won a set of Tickets on Twitter to return to that very theatre that had brought so much magic to my childhood. The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham first opened its doors in 1913 as Britain’s first ever Repertory Theatre and has been providing magic on the stage ever since then. Still retaining most of its original charm and design that I feel gives it a magic all of its own. On a chilly Saturday afternoon, after battling through the traffic of a bustling Birmingham City Centre we arrived at the entrance, exactly how I still remembered it from my childhood. As we entered we were greeted by a team of very professional and happy looking people directing people accordingly. Once we had picked up our tickets for our showing of “We’re going on a bear hunt” Squish, Boo and I eagerly ascended the stairs up to the theatre. We still...