The Independent commissioned me to write a visitor’s guide to Liverpool, a city very close to my heart – my husband is from Liverpool and his family live there so we regularly drive some 200 miles up to visit this glorious city in the north-west. As mentioned in the article, Liverpool is a real hub…Continue Reading “The Ultimate Guide to Liverpool for The Independent”
I wrote a review of California: Designing Freedom exhibition for State of the Arts, and the full review can be read here.
“Let’s go! Let’s go!” Such was the mantra of the beatniks. In 1952 ‘Go’ by John Clellon Holmes was published, capturing the spirit of a generation. Anastasia Grabova explores the lasting impact of this novel and the characters in it. The 1950s. What a decade that was. It brought us Kerouac and On The Road,…Continue Reading “Review of Go by John Clellon Holmes for V&OAK”
Originally published on VandOak.com (domain currently not active) David Bowie: 9 Lessons in Life Anastasia Grabova reflects on the philosophies of an idol Through a hallway lined with marble relics and overlooking the grand manicured lawns of the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, I walked into a monumental experience; a retrospective of David…Continue Reading “Review of the David Bowie is… exhibition at the V&A for VandOak.com”
I wrote the following review of Yellow by Janni Visman for a blog that I used to keep. Yellow is the colour of the yellow-bellied cowards in Shakespear’s plays. It’s also the colour of the wallpaper in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel, in which a woman lying her bedroom, resting from depression watches the contours of…Continue Reading “Review of Yellow by Janni Visman”
This review of Net of Jewels by Ellen Gilchrest was published in MsLexia in October 2008 in their The One I Love section, in which female writers talk about a book that has influenced them as a woman and as a writer. Net of Jewels by Ellen Gilchrest This book is so addictive I’ve read…Continue Reading “The One I Love section in MsLexia”
“The best interviews — like the best biographies — should sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.” Lynn Barber I’ve had some memorable phone calls in my career, not least one that offered an interview with a then-unknown singer called Jessie J, just before her debut single, Do It Like a Dude, catapulted…Continue Reading “Celebrity Interviews”
“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” Jef Mallett As soon as I had my first feature published aged 17 — a homage to The Pixies’ 1988 album, Surfer Road, for Pennyblackmusic.com — I was hooked. From there, began a writing career that, if you count those…Continue Reading “Feature Writing”
So, you’ve finally got your dream pad complete with a sea view and a short walk from the chippy! Now what? Time to furnish your seaside retreat with some final touches. I found the best nautical and beach-themed furnishings to kit out a waterfront home. As this was for V&OAK (Vintage & One of A…Continue Reading “Home furnishings for a seaside home (for V&OAK)”
I sourced two stunning properties to feature in the Homes for Sale section of V&OAK, chose the images, wrote the copy and laid-out the pages. Mid-century properties were the focus of this regular section, one in the city and one in the countryside. See the full pdf here.
I found some original vintage and upcycled pieces to complement the industrial-chic look of an apartment warehouse. Please see the pdf here.
In December 2011 I had the pleasure of chatting to Toby Anstis in the cosy library at 15 Queen Street (a creative start-up hub, which has since moved to 37 Queen Street) in Colchester. The full pdf of the write-up can be found here.
My weekend guide to Leeds for The Independent can be read here.