Author Archives: Beth Wren

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

With everything that’s been going on, I’ve recently reintroduced myself to the wonderful world of audiobooks and have restarted my Audible subscription in order to give myself some time and space away from it all. I have been loving plugging my headphones in while I walk or clean or do a puzzle, and I found […]

Dealing with criticism as a writer

Recently I submitted two short stories to my Creative Writing tutor. Sometimes when I submit my work, I have a feeling in my gut that she’s going to like it. When she opens her mouth to tell me what she thinks, I’m waiting for her to confirm my suspicions and tell me that I’m brilliant. […]

Creative Writing MA: checking in and freaking out

It’s about four months until I finish my Creative Writing MA and hand in my final project and dissertation, and although that seems like a long amount of time, I am sure, with a certain degree of dread, that the time is going to fly past. I promised that I would document my degree on […]

My 5 book recommendations

A friend on Instagram recently tagged me to share my 5 book recommendations and then tag 5 friends to share theirs. There have been a lot of these challenges going around in the time of coronavirus, and this was one I could get on board with! I thought I’d make it into a blog post […]

Review: Salt on Your Tongue, Charlotte Runcie

Salt on Your Tongue called to me in so many ways. It’s not fiction, so it’s different to what I normally read. It’s about folklore and myths, and also about real life. And it’s ultimately about the things I love and love to write about: women and the sea. Side note: there are so many […]

Review: The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies has been on my TBR pile for a while – with a brilliant title, an intriguing premise and a beautiful cover, I knew that I’d fall hook, line and sinker for Hargrave’s dark and atmospheric novel. Set on the remote Norwegian island of Vardo in 1617, The Mercies follows the story of a […]

Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

Wow, consuming Ocean Vuong’s debut novel was quite the experience. Every sentence packs a punch. Every image is super charged and electric. In short, I absolutely loved it. Written as a letter to his mother, the novel is fragmented and rich – just the way I like my prose. Memories of childhood are threaded through […]