The world shrunk in 2020 and even further in 2021, so I’ve been looking to find new ways to enjoy daily life. I call them ‘microjoys’ and here‘s the first in a series. Allow me to explain the wonder of my fountain pen…

Last year I decided to improve my…


One grey morning in October 1990 I was woken at 5am by a nurse at the spinal unit at Basildon Hospital, in Essex. It was time to shower before my surgery to correct my scoliosis.

Thinking back all these years on I was probably already awake. I’d had to sign…


As she turns 40 I want to tell you about the day Kim Kardashian was nice to my mum.

What you’re about to read is an excerpt from my book, ‘Ryan is Ready For You Now…’ a memoir of my life in journalism and a step-by-step guide to interviewing celebrities…


Last month I published a book, ‘Ryan is Ready For You Now…’ which deconstructs the process of interviewing a celebrity. It’s also a memoir of my career in journalism and is told through my many encounters with the rich and famous.

But for me the one person who stands head…

Lisa Marks

Freelance journo & lecturer, and the author of ‘Ryan is Ready For You Now…’ the ultimate guide to interviewing a celebrity. Apparently both ‘wry’ and ‘useful’.

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