Why mindful crafting is good for your mental health – plus how you can host a Crafternoon session

The mental health charity Mind has released new research suggesting that spending too much time on social media is affecting our moods, particularly among younger adults. Research evidence from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests that craft activities, when done on a regular basis, can improve mood and increase feelings of relaxation, so Mind… Read more

Calling all writers! Bristol Short Story Prize 2018 is open for entries

Pens at the ready! The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize, in association with Tangent Books, is open for entries. Writers from around the world can enter, whether published or unpublished. Shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11. The winner and two runners-up will be selected from the shortlist… Read more

12 podcasts to lift your spirits and change your life

Inspiring podcasts

Listening to an interesting podcast can really make you think and boost your wellbeing. We’ve put together a collection of podcasts to make you feel good when you’re sad, to help you change your life and to show you how to slow down. Some of them will help you to change your life, while others… Read more

Feeling uninspired? 17 ways to boost your creativity

Creative inspiration boost ideas

Whether a creative task is your job or your hobby, sometimes we all struggle to find inspiration. Follow our 17 suggestions for how to find your creative mojo… 1. Unplug your phone If you’re easily distracted, turn off your phone and any email and social media notifications on your computer. The constant ping of messages can… Read more

Take part in National Novel Writing Month – November 2017

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) runs throughout November each year, as a way to overcome the isolation of writing and get support from other novelists around the world. With the target of writing a 50,000 word novel by 30 November, it’s open to anyone over the age of 13; in 2016 more than 380,000 people took part worldwide…. Read more

Download your free coffee stencils

Free coffee art stencils

What is it about a beautifully decorated latte that makes it oh-so-appealing? It’s all about the thoughtfulness and care that went into it, says barista and coffee lover Ryan Soeder. “Coffee art is not only fun to practice, but is a promise to the person receiving it that their drink was made with the utmost… Read more