Sunday, 31 August 2014


London Loveiosa is one year old!

To celebrate I made a cake! (The first cake I have ever made by myself I must add, and if you couldn't tell that is supposed to be a giant book made of icing!)

I remember the first meeting like it was yesterday, Jessica and I sat nervously at King's Cross, worrying that no-one else was going to show up. It turns out we didn't need to worry about a thing.

So, as it is our first birthday I thought it would be fun to look back over some of my favourite memories of the year.

  • Our first flyering/ donation collecting experience was terrifying at first and disheartening at times but it was a real bonding day. I think it was the first time we realised that raising money was going to be a lot of hard work.

  • The book drive at King's Cross was incredible, we raised over £500 and received over 1000 books. I will never forget the pure joy on the faces of the two little boys who won prizes in our raffle. It was such a magical day, and for our first event it could not have gone any better. This was also the first day we wore our London Loveiosa shirts, and I have to say we were definitely the best dressed stall!

  • Knitting hats for St Mungo's is another highlight for me, because not only were we helping the homeless but many of us also learned a new skill. It may have taken a few practice hats and a couple of knitting parties, but I was so proud I was able to complete 5 hats. I hope we can increase our total of 21 hats next year.

  • It feels good collecting a large amount of books, but it feels even better when you can give them away to people who need them. We delivered 300 books to four St Mungo's projects scattered across London. The staff at each stop were incredibly grateful and we spent time talking to them and some of the residents about what we could do to greater improve the quality of life for people who rely on the centres. We also delivered almost 200 books to Whistler's Walk, a children's home which is going to use the books to set up a library. The residential support workers were incredibly supportive of our cause and very excited to present the books to the young people who live with them. 

  • World Book Night at Paddington Station was incredibly hectic and tiring but so much fun, we managed to give away over 700 books and spread the word about London Loveiosa and the HPA. The kindness of strangers that night was incredible, we were given so much free food! It was amazing to be able to share our love of reading and books with people who don't read for pleasure or don't own books.

  • I'll never forget the dedication and commitment that went into winning the Chapter's Cup. We crammed as many members as we could on to Jessica's bed to appear on the HPA's livestream and we sang The Mysterious Ticking Noise with the Potter Puppet Pals! Neil was drowning in puppets and there was a time delay but it was fantastic! Oh and also Andrew Slack called us the "greatest people on the face of the planet." That's pretty cool.

There are so so so many other things we did this year including attending a Very Geeky Christmas in Macclesfield, the Halloween sponsored walk, being interviewed for Radio 4, raising money for the British Heart Foundation on Valentine's Day, receiving $500 from the HPA's Granger Grant and selling Hunger Games inspired muffins at the Catching Fire premiere. 

None of this could have been accomplished without the unwavering dedication of our members and the tremendous support we have received from the HPA.

I feel so extraordinarily grateful to be a part of London Loveiosa and I know we are going to achieve incredible things in the years to come.

Rebecca xx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

We Are Writers, Co-branded book with Scholastic

London Loveiosa have been given the chance to co-brand a book with Scholastic as part of their 
"We Are Writers" campaign!

We're giving 7 - 12 year olds who are living in London the chance to be published authors! Each child can submit a story under 1500 words and we will add every single one of them to our book, which will then be available to purchase through London Loveiosa. The money raised will be split between schools in the UK and London Loveiosa's future campaigns.

Children can submit their stories here or find out more information on our website.
The closing date is for submissions is 11.00am BST on Monday 1st September, just as the train sets off for Hogwarts! So all of us witches and wizards will have plenty of reading material on our long train journey!

Please share the above image with your friends and family. This is an amazing opportunity for budding authors in our community and we're so excited to be apart of this campaign and to have our name on a book alongside Scholastic, as well as all these budding new authors- who knows, we might  have the next J.K. Rowling or John Green on our hands!

Jessica X

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Wonderful Day at Seven Stories

Last Sunday, Jessica and I visited Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, located in Newcastle. This not only gave us the opportunity to spend the day singing the Byker Grove theme song, but also to see what this inspirational charity has been able to accomplish.

There really are seven floors!

Seven Stories runs exhibitions, events and learning programmes all with the aim of making children passionate about reading. They have original artwork and manuscripts on show from many of Britain’s favourite authors and illustrators.While we were there we were lucky enough to handle some of Philip Pullman’s original manuscripts of Northern Lights and Nick Sharatt’s original drawings for Tracy Beaker, only while wearing white gloves of course.




The centre encourages active participation, children can make art inspired by their favourite stories and can even dress up as their favourite characters.

Story time is held throughout the day on the beautiful top floor which features original beams and books hanging from the ceiling. I could have easily spent hours in this room, it has such a cosy atmosphere.

When there's a giant chair, you just have to sit in it!

The current exhibition is Moving Stories: Children’s books from page to screen, and although we were a little disappointed Harry Potter wasn’t featured it was great to see all the rare and intriguing objects on display. These included Roald Dahl’s original annotated notebooks from Fantastic Mr Fox, original manuscripts and illustrations from The Borrowers and a Disney sketch of Snow White taken from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

What's that Jacqueline Wilson? What are my favourite children's books?

Why all of them, of course!

I would highly recommend a visit to Seven Stories if you are visiting the North East. The staff were all extremely helpful and informative, and the cream tea wasn't bad either!

Seven Stories is a wonderful champion of children’s books and we left feeling thoroughly inspired that one day, we too, could create a space to promote a love of reading to as many young people as possible.

Rebecca x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Happy Birthday Anne Frank!

Today we're celebrating what would have been Anne Frank's 85th birthday. Anne Frank needs no introduction, the diary she wrote as a girl throughout World War 2 has become a classic, selling 30 million copies and touching the hearts of readers across the world. London Loveiosa are constantly inspired by Anne and her constant positive outlook on life and humanity despite the terrible circumstances she was living through. In celebration of Anne Frank's life, members have taken photographs of themselves holding their favourite Anne Frank quote. Incredibly, each member chose a different quote without prompt which is a credit to the diary and the vast range of beautiful and inspiring quotes it holds between it's pages. 

Photograph of Laura Sasia.
"I want to write, but more than that I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." 
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Elesha Tailor.
"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
 - Anne Frank.

Photograph of Sarah Carter.
"When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived." 
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Elizabeth Hill. 
"Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Natasza Lentner (Treasure)
"What I condemn are our systems of values and the men who don't acknowledge how great, difficult, but ultimately beautiful women's share in society is." 
- Anne Frank. 

Photograph of Elizabeth Hamlet.
"The final forming of a persons character lies in their own hands."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Rebecca Milburn.
"What's done can't be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Jessica Barker.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." 
- Anne Frank.