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Cardiff Half Marathon – a first-timer’s experience

Originally posted on We Are Cardiff:
(photo by Marc on Flickr) Hello! My name is Helia. We may not have met before, but I write most of the stuff on this site. When there’s no author given on an article, then it’s me. I ran the Cardiff Half Marathon this year. I was a first timer. It was amazing, and hard, but mostly amazing. So I wanted… Continue reading Cardiff Half Marathon – a first-timer’s experience

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We Are Cardiff Press is launched!

I’m very (VERY) excited to announce the launch of a new small press in Cardiff, run by my pal Hana Johnson under the We Are Cardiff umbrella. She’s worked super hard on sorting everything out and is publishing the FIRST BOOK this November! It’s an anthology of short stories called The 42b, based around a fictional Cardiff bus route. We Are Cardiff Press is a non-profit social … Continue reading We Are Cardiff Press is launched!

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It’s been awful quiet around these parts …

But I’ve had a really good excuse! Honestly!   So, that massive headache of paper on the desk (yes I was having breakfast in Wetherspoons, what about it?) is MY NOVEL. Or something like a novel. It’s a really freaking long story. THAT’S what I’ve been doing.   In case I haven’t mentioned it on here, and I don’t think I have, I am a … Continue reading It’s been awful quiet around these parts …

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Music writings

I’ve been a professional journalist writing mostly about music for far longer than I’d actually care to remember (since 2001, if you must know…). I’ve written for Rolling Stone, NME, CRACK magazine, as well as various titles that have come and gone in that time (Sound Nation, Plan B, Kruger). I also wrote the first unofficial biography about Lady Gaga, published by Orion in 2010. For examples … Continue reading Music writings

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The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff – blogger of the week on the Guardian!

Originally posted on We Are Cardiff:
Well well, eh? I pack my bags and head off to Glastonbury for a couple of days and what happens? BLOGGER OF THE WEEK ON THE GUARDIAN HAPPENS, that’s what! click the picture or this link to go read the article: The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff: ‘the UK’s most sociable city’ I got a bit of shit in the… Continue reading The urbanist’s guide to Cardiff – blogger of the week on the Guardian!

Interview for France Culture: “Cardiff, Histoires Fantastiques”

Last summer I was interviewed for a French radio documentary about Cardiff, called “Cardiff, Histories Fantastiques”. I am described as a ‘bloguese’! Literally the best thing I have ever been called. Apparently I also have the capability of speaking two languages simultaneously! Who knew. If your French is functional, listen below! If not so much, concentrate, and you’ll hear me talking in the background. Access … Continue reading Interview for France Culture: “Cardiff, Histoires Fantastiques”