The Shop Before Life – A Novel by Neil Hughes

” This is one of those books that I’m sure will stay with me for a while, if not for the rest of my life. There’s just something so unique and real about it and I just felt very connected to the themes it presented. ” – review The day has finally arrived – my […]

Wow, This One Guy Totally Explained Anxiety Using Custard!

You may remember that aaaaages ago I gave a TEDx talk about anxiety and custard. Since then I’ve been asked “when is your TED video up?” approximately… a lot of times. Finally, I can answer that question. (Although you’ve probably guessed.) It’s up now. It contains me. Silly doodles. Stupid jokes. Honesty. Ideas about being […]

Are You A Waste of Time?

Recently I got a haircut. And, as you might expect, nothing particularly surprising happened. But, as I was paying, the hairdresser asked a question. “Do you have 50p by any chance?” Immediately I sprang into action. I searched rapidly, poring through my wallet, tipping coins into my hand and picking out the right change for […]

How I Accidentally Had an Endoscopy, Or: Anxiety & Me

This post contains excerpts from the early chapters of Walking on Custard. This version was originally published online over at Mindtank, an awesome blog for sharing mental health and anxiety stories. Do check them out and give them plenty of support! Worrying has always been my primary way of dealing with the world. For most […]

What I Learned In Berlin & Copenhagen (About The Future, Flying Vegetables & Travel Anxiety)

Anybody who has known me for even a short time knows I am attracted to ridiculousness like a moth attracted to fire. Where the thing on fire is a cow dressed as clown. (Of course, it’s possible that ridiculous events are attracted to me, and not the other way around. I’ve never been able to […]