An Audience with Dame Judi Dench

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I know this is an older interview that was published by ‘The Times Magazine’ on September 24 2016, but there is just so many gorgeous pictures of her that were taken by Perou for this article.

The article’s content written by Deborah Ross can be read under the cut, or on ‘The Times’ website.

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The 50-Word Fiction Competition

So, today I decided to challenge myself and write a 50-word story based on a prompt given by the Scottish Book Trust. The prompt they had given was as follows;

December’s prompt

Grand house in the snow.

Write a story set in this building.

This was one of the hardest writing challenges that I have ever done, and I am quite proud that I managed to stick to the 50-word limit. As to whether or not I win the overall competition for the month of December is another matter entirely. However, If I do not win, it is not a complete loss, as I managed to motivate myself to try something new and different to help improve my creative ideas and writing style.

If you would like to submit an entry, you can find the details on the Scottish Book Trust website. I would encourage anyone to give it a try and see what ideas you can come up with based on the photo. It can be challenging, but quite enjoyable too.

I wish everyone the best of luck should they wish to compete.

Happy 82nd Birthday Dame Judi Dench


“I have ‘Carpe diem’ carved on a piece of stone by my front door. It sounds rather grand, but it’s a very good motto, because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.”

A massive Happy Birthday to Dame Judi Dench, who was born on this day, 9 December 1934.

Judi is simply an inspiration, and someone who I admire greatly. I wish her many more happy years and birthdays to come. She makes the world a more brighter place to live in, with her work in both theatre and film. She truly is an amazing woman, who is treasured by many around the world.