Hey there, I’m Laura. If you’re reading this, then my little patch on the internet has a visitor. Genuinely thrilled.

What do you need to know about me? 

I’m an overthinker based near London who loves words, language and storytelling.

I blog about theatre and books, as well as sharing my own poetry and short fiction. You also might find a little bit of TV and film thrown in, particularly if my fave books make it to the big screen.

When I’m not working the nine-to-five grind or writing for Illogical Lines, you will probably find me eating salted snacks, annoying my neighbours by attempting to belt my latest show tune obsessions or avoiding my next existential crisis in a scrolling void of Insta-famous dogs and #theatrekid TikToks.

How did I end up here?

I’ve been blogging intermittently since 2011. We won’t talk about the despairingly angsty diary-come-blog I wrote as a teen, but you might have ended up here from its successor, A View from the Balcony.

I started A View from the Balcony while at university, studying English literature and creative writing. Like I said, I love words… I’d been writing about books and theatre for a student publication and wanted to keep it up while I was on my placement year and beyond.

Once I discovered the wonderful world of bloggers and online creators, I started branching out into all kinds of lifestyle and travel content, even trialling a bit of beauty and fashion, much to the dismay of my boyfriend who became my disgruntled personal photographer for a year or so. Thankfully for him, and anyone else who was unfortunate enough to view that content, I ended up settling right back where I started, with theatre and books.

In 2018, I also started up an Instagram account to share my own poetry, but was struggling to keep both of these going, alongside my then all-consuming and often 24/7 job in social media, performing in amateur theatre productions, eating five pieces of fruit and veg a day and remembering to breathe. Both projects became a little neglected.

Although got a new a job with a much healthier work-life balance and I can now spend my evenings and weekends as I like, I was still struggling to decide whether to dedicate my free time to working on my reviews or my creative writing. As I couldn’t let either side go, I decided to combine the two, working towards one stronger platform that’s home to both.

Work with me

I love to review new theatre and books, however big or small. If you’re working on or promoting something you think I’d love, please do get in touch at colledgel@hotmail.co.uk.

Likewise, if you’re looking for someone to write content around theatre, books or life, or are looking for creative writing contributions, please also email me on colledgel@hotmail.co.uk.