Gabrielle Leimon
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Gabrielle Leimon is an aspiring writer and poet currently locked away in an attempt to finish her first novel by the end of the year. Though this seems like an impossible task she seems optimistic at the prospect. Having completed her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing she is currently trying to put this education to good use.

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Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (14:32)

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary. Sure, it's not the most romantic thing to see...

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Love Your Self(ie): The Positive Rise of Selfie Culture

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (13:52)

In 2013 there were mixed reactions when 'selfie' became the word of the year in the Oxford Dictionary. We hear people talk negatively about the selfie because it is seen as vain and self indulgent. I, however, wish to offer another view. We live in a world where we are...

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Things You'll Miss About Student Life

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (22:22)

As July rolls around, students all over the UK are graduating. It's a wonderful time. All that hard work is paying off and now it's on to the next chapter.

Everyone has a different approach to student life. Some people really enjoy being a student. Some people just want to...

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Gig Etiquette: How Not to Be a F**king A**hole at Live Events

(12) Comments | Posted 15 April 2014 | (00:00)

Over the weekend I went to my first gig in a long time. I work a lot of hours and have been busy. Gigs weren't exactly a priority. Also I'm getting on a bit. I have a dodgy knee which makes standing though an entire gig impossible. At the gig...

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How Stephen King's 'Carrie' Made Me Find My Own Power

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (17:50)

So this week, one of my favourite books turns 40! That book is Stephen King's Carrie and I cite it as one of the most influential books I've ever read. Sure, it isn't the book that most people would say is a book that influenced them, but it is for...

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How to Take a Good Author Photo

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (00:40)

Your work is being published and you are over the moon. The work being published has been created so all the hard work is over, right? WRONG!

I was recently fortunate enough to have a chapbook published, a collection of short stories I'd written at university, and it...

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How to Protect Pets During UK Floods

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (22:30)

Areas around the UK are being battered by severe floods and bad weather right now and apparently the worst is yet to come. This is disrupting traffic, damaging homes and it will potentially cause a lot of problem for pets. Whilst the weather is bad it's important to consider ways...

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A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About the People Who Serve You Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (00:54)

"Awh," he said in a condescending tone as I stared blankly at the pile of carefully counted change in my outstretched hand. I could feel my heart pounding with trepidation at his tone. I must look like a deer looking into the beam of car headlights.

"Is it hard for...

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Silver Linings Search

(1) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (16:41)

I like to believe in the notion of silver linings: the idea that there's always something positive but that sometimes it's just a little harder to see. These things don't always present themselves; sometimes we have to find them. We have to go out and actively search for the goodness...

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The B425 List: An Alternative to New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (13:58)

There I was, 21 and curled up on my sofa, staring at a computer screen. I was procrastinating. Again. I was trying to find a break from my university dissertation and had spent the past hour or so just video-hopping on YouTube. I'd just watched a video from a YouTuber...

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Living With Mental Health Issues at Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted 22 December 2013 | (01:34)

They're there throughout the year and we often don't know they're there. They are battles beneath skin. They live in those we love. They sometimes live within us. There are times and situations in which they can become amplified to an almost intolerable point. I am referring to mental health...

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Wednesday's Story: Why Pets Should Not Be Christmas Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (19:03)

Christmas, we are told, is a time for giving. We rush around trying to find gifts for our loved ones and from films we're all too familiar with the woofing or purring present that comes out as the main gift. Across the world thousands of animals may be given as...

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Writing Exercises That May Help You to Become More Creative

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (15:13)

As writers there are times for all of us when we hit that brick wall formally known as writers block. No matter how much work or studious contemplation you push onto a page, it just doesn't seem to be working. If you spend lots of time agonising over every decision...

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What I've Learned From NaNoWriMo

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2013 | (13:05)

As November comes to an end, NaNoWriMo is also ending. People all across the world have been furiously writing and crafting their novels. For some this is their first novel and for others this is standard routine. NaNoWriMo churns out thousands of novels as writers get together and try to...

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NaNoWriMo: What It Is and Tips to Help You Through the Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (23:00)

So now that we're into November, a mass project has been taken up by people all across the globe. Yes, all over the world people will be picking up pens and opening up their laptops to whittle away some works of fiction. They say there's a novel in each of...

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How To Tell If You've Found 'The One': Halloween Edition

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (04:54)

There are points in our relationships that solidify one humble and solitary truth: this is the person that I am meant to be with.

It's not something we always realise instantly. It often takes a foundation of love, trust and respect. Along the way there are several important discussions. We...

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Freshers and 'The Student Experience'

(1) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (18:04)

I'm posting this since #Freshers is currently trending on Twitter. I remember the joys of Freshers week. I arrived at my student halls and moved my stuff in. My mother, ever sweet and never ready to give up a parenting experience, made my bed for me before she left. She...

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What Kind of Online Parent Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (16:49)

With the media and social networking sites in full Royal Baby frenzy now seems as good a time as any to think about parenting. I find myself at that age where more and more of my friends are becoming parents. After a while you begin to notice patterns in parenting...

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University Graduation: A Message to the Class of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (16:30)

Three years ago I never thought that I'd be graduating in a heat wave.

There I stood in the heavy black robes, the mortarboard cap slipping down in trails of my forehead sweat, filled with that uncanny sense of pride and loss. We knew that we had achieved something...

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First Holiday Abroad Without The Family? Here's What to Do and Pack Before Leaving...

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (13:44)

It's becoming more and more common that teens and young adults head off to travel in peer groups without parental supervision when they're young - particularly before and after university. Many will seek sunshine and relaxation at affordable prices for their first trip away from their parents or guardians. It...

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