PAULA AND LADYMy name is Paula Bardell-Hedley and I was born and bred on the coast of North Wales. I am a nature lover, theatre goer, autism advocate and an avid reader of books.

I was a founding Director of my own company, which my partner and I ran successfully for 26 years, however, my true love has always been reserved for reading and writing. Indeed, after first leaving school, I worked for a year at my local library on one of Margaret Thatcher’s now infamous YOP schemes!

I had great fun as the English Culture Guide for About.com (originally the Mining Company and now Dotdash) from 1997-2001, quickly building up a lively and loyal band of readers from all corners of the globe. When the Company axed its entire Cultures’ network in September 2001, I became the English Culture, Poetry and Freelance Writing Correspondent for All Info-About – an online community created by ex About.com Guides – until its sad demise in early 2008.

I have also dabbled as a columnist, critic, editor and content provider since the age of 14. My work has appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers and digital publications ranging from Country-Side and Entomologist’s Gazette to Record Collector and Women’s Independent Press.

You will find me on Twitter at @GaiaBird1. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn or join the Book Jotter group on Facebook.

A few of my favourite books:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (1865)
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee (1969)
  • La Bâtarde – Violette Leduc (1964)
  • Before Night Falls – Reinaldo Arenas (1992)
  • The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber (2002)
  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1669)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • If This Is a Man – Primo Levi (1979)
  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson (1985)
  • The Outrun – Amy Liptrot (2015)
  • Possession: A Romance – A.S. Byatt (1990)
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (1961)
  • The Regeneration Trilogy – Pat Barker (1996)
  • Seven Roads to Happiness – Desmond Marwood (1969)
  • Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain (1933)

For more, please see My One-Hundred-Book Library >>

31 replies

  1. Congratulations, Paula!

    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at


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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following. I am more than happy to follow back and look forward to reading your work.

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  3. Hi Paula, thank you for visiting and following my blog today. It is a pleasure.
    I am now heading over to get to know your thoughts and interests.

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  4. Thanks for the follow, Paula. I’m enjoying looking around your blog, as well!

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  5. So nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  6. So nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to exploring yours!

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  7. Thanks for following my blog and thus getting me to look at yours. I know I’ll enjoy reading your thoughts.

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  8. What a wonderful blog you have! I have really enjoyed reading your posts today. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the follow.

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  9. Fantastic blog. Bookmarked! (Why have I not found this before?)

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  10. Hi, and thanks for the follow! Will browse your blog too 🌹

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