Collette Walsh
Collette Walsh is a British journalist/broadcaster/presenter and radio & TV commentator.

Her journalistic career has spanned 18 years and includes both broadsheet and tabloid newspapers, as well as a host of top women's magazines. She was a winner of The Guardian's Scott Trust bursary and trained in Manchester before moving to London to work on the nationals.

Collette is a popular commentator on TV and radio including BBC Breakfast (BBC 1), BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, BBC 5 Live and many others in the UK and Ireland. She also presents The Travel Book Club on Sky 284.

Collette is known for speaking with candour and humour on everything from current affairs, culture and entertainment, as well as life, relationships and travel.

She is from Manchester (UK) and is presently writing her first hilarious novel and has just completed a non-fiction book to be published at the end of 2015.

Entries by Collette Walsh

Top Summer Read: 'The Myth of Brilliant Summers' by Austin Collings

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (17:03)

I am just back from a yoga holiday in Ibiza. Yes, I landed on the party island not to party but to have 'time out', shake my chakras and bend my bones.

Between vinyasa flow classes and sunset meditations I had plenty of time to sit by the pool and...

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Why We Need Less Gimmicks and More Ergonomics in Tech Gear

(5) Comments | Posted 29 September 2014 | (01:00)

All this hysteria over a bendy phone - yes, it appears the new iphone 6 has flaws already - really doesn't concern me. When I changed from using a Blackberry (for years) to an iphone 5 last year, it wasn't the apps, the built in sat nav and sexy packaging...

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Review: Parklife Weekender 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille and More Bring Sunshine to Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted 9 June 2014 | (16:25)

2014-06-09-PL26.jpgIt was tipped to be a miserable wash-out but the excited crowds at the Parklife Weekender at Manchester's Heaton Park somehow kept the rain Gods at bay (most of the time!) and a sunshine, fun-filled, fantastic festival was the result.

This year's Parklife line-up...

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Review: La Bohème - Opera North at The Lowry Salford 5/5

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (15:10)

A night at the opera always fills me with a sense of excitement. As one of the oldest arts, opera has an air of magic but gravity too. But that doesn't mean it is for a stuffy, serious audience.

Far from it and Phyllida Lloyd's production of La Bohème...

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Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus (MLGC) Premiere of "Canal St" at 'Spring Into Harmony' - Salford Lowry 30 March

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2014 | (12:34)

Manchester's Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) 'Spring Into Harmony' - Salford's Lowry Theatre - 30 March

Premiere of "Canal Street" - a reworking of the Petula Clark hit song 'Downtown' with lyrics based on Manchester's famous gay village

Love show tunes? Wondering what to do for Mothering Sunday? Fancy a...

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Living With Pain? Book Review: 'Mindfulness For Health' by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (12:16)

How do you cope with physical pain? Do you reach out for any medication you can lay your hands on to relieve the misery and agony of the suffering?

Or, perhaps you sit and suffer in silence, telling yourself that there is no hope and that it's best to...

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Homotopia Festival 2013 - This Way Out by Boy George and TradeMark

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2013 | (19:29)

Liverpool's internationally acclaimed Homotopia Festival is a month-long event that celebrates diversity, creativity and the arts.

It's in its 10th year and anyone visiting the array of art shows, debates, theatre productions and comedy nights is in for something extra-special: There's a one-man show from top US...

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A Triumph: Terry Christian the Stand-Up - Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic

(3) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (17:10)

Jesus, Mary and ....Terry Christian the stand-up?

Terry Christian isn't the first person I would think of when it comes to being a natural stand-up comic.

The Manchester-born broadcaster and presenter is more famed for his 'motor mouth' reputation as the former presenter of cult Channel Four youth show, The...

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Manchester Fringe Festival 2013 - Feisty, Affordable and Fun

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (15:30)

Watch out Edinburgh... Manchester is quickly becoming the festival capital of theatre, comedy and performance.

While the Manchester International Festival 2013 (MIF) has just come to another triumphant end (4-21 July), the independent fringe festival which has sprung from it - The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival - continues to delight...

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New Order at Jodrell Bank - Transmission Accomplished

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (20:34)

Sunday was one of those perfect days - the sun shone all day, Murray finally won Wimbledon... and New Order played quite possibly one of their best gigs ever.

The location for Sunday's outdoor concert could not have been better - the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the beautiful Cheshire countryside...

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Evolution Festival Newcastle - Tipped to Be the Best Yet

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (15:47)

This Bank Holiday weekend sees one of the best line-ups ever for Newcastle's Evolution music festival.

The festival, known as 'the Evo' to locals, has some of the biggest names on the music scene performing including The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, The Strypes, Rudimental, Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding.

Even better,...

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Bristol VegFest '13 - Number of Veggies Set to Double

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (19:04)

Europe's biggest vegetarian and vegan event - VegFest - will be taking place in just over a week 24-26 May in Bristol. It coincides with National Vegetarian Week, so expect lots of veggie news and fun in the coming days.

It's the 10th anniversary of the VegFest festival and thousands...

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HRH Morrissey - Who Art In Manchester... But Not The Olympics?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2012 | (16:38)

One of the best bits of last week's Olympics opening ceremony was the homage to Britain's musical heritage. The medley included, among a whole array of musical greats, the Beatles, the Sex Pistols, T-Rex, Bowie and quite rightly, some electro synth-pop too - OMD and New Order. Fab. Beijing may...

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The Stone Roses at Heaton Park - As Good As Spike Island?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2012 | (17:56)

When I was about 17 myself and a gang of mates from Loreto College (Manchester) borrowed a builder's blue transit van and on 27 May 1990, made the 'pilgrimage' to Spike Island in Widnes, to see the Stone Roses.

From the hilarious journey in the back of the van, (much...

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ITV Daybreak's New Hosts - Is Aled Jones the New Terry Wogan?

(7) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (01:00)

ITV have announced that BBC 'golden-boy' Aled Jones is to be the new co-presenter of flagging breakfast show, Daybreak. Joining him is ITV and breakfast favourite Lorraine Kelly - an old hand on the sofa and a huge favourite with mums up and down the country. While the choice of...

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Stroke Month: When Art Heals - Richard Creme Exhibition

(1) Comments | Posted 7 May 2012 | (01:00)

Last week a painting depicting harrowing mental distress sold for £74 million. Edvard Munch's The Scream is now forever as famous for its material value as for its contribution to the history of art and Expressionist movement.

Munch painted The Scream (sometimes called The Cry) during a very difficult time...

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Why Fashion House Raoul is Riding High - From Singapore... to Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2012 | (12:06)

Singaporean label Raoul is riding high (literally) in the fashion world thanks to a series of consistently impressive collections in the last few years. And now, thanks to recent preview of their AW12 (Autumn/Winter 2012) collection, Raoul has got the fashion world in a tizz with its racing...

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Cheryl, Chezza or Cheryl Cole - Another Publicity Stunt?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 April 2012 | (01:00)

Cheryl - or the artist formerly known as Cheryl Cole - is in the news again. This morning I was on the BBC 5 Live brekkie show and the hot topic was Cheryl Cole changing her name to simply 'Cheryl' in an attempt to put her association with her ex-husband...

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Gym-Maniacs: Health and Fitness is Not All About the 'Burn'

(7) Comments | Posted 4 February 2012 | (00:00)

Goodbye January. Perhaps the over-enthusiastic gym newbies can calm down now? Every year I observe with a wry smile - but more often frustration - as my local health club is packed to the rafters with sweating 'January gym-maniacs'.

However, February is here now (hurray) and normality can start...

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Russell Brand and Katy Perry Divorce - When the Fireworks Burn Out

(4) Comments | Posted 31 December 2011 | (06:26)

So, Russell Brand and Katy Perry have announced that their 14-month long marriage has ended. To many this has come as no surprise. The Brand-Perry partnership (despite a great start) may have actually hit the rocks as far back as February when rumours surfaced that they had sought some relationship...

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